5 Indian cities that deserve an IPL franchise in future
Two of these five cities might get the franchisee in the IPL next year.
Updated - Feb 4, 2021 4:10 pm
From its start in 2008, the IPL has only gone on to be bigger and bigger in terms of its stature. It has become a premier tournament in world cricket calendar. After the exciting edition in 2020, there was a lot of talk around the addition of new teams to the IPL.
But later, after the BCCI AGM, it was announced that not the very next but the 2022 edition will have more than 8 teams in all likelihood. Previously, the 2011 and 2012 IPL seasons were played with 10 and 9 teams respectively, unlike the usual 8. Two new teams, Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers Kerala were added in 2011, who played 2 and 1 seasons respectively thereon, after which both were scrapped out due to issues.
With the ban imposed on CSK and RR, 2 new teams were also introduced in 2016. Both the teams played 2 seasons before the return of CSK and RR in 2018. Yet again, we will possibly have a 10-team tournament in 2022 which will represent 2 new cities, apart from the regular 8.
Here we bring you five cities who deserve an IPL franchise in future:
Whenever a new team is to be added to the mix, invariably Pune stands as a frontrunner. Pune Warriors India and Rising Pune Supergiant are the two previous franchises who featured in the IPL. This could become true this time around also. There are few reasons for the same. Twice before they have been part of the IPL.
They have a good experience of being included in the IPL including hosting 7 matches within 2 months, logistics, playing surface, and a lot more. Apart from the marquee T20 League, Pune has also been an international venue for India for a long time now.
They have a decent ground in MCA International stadium, with a very good playing pitch, especially for limited-overs matches. All, these years, Pune has always had a wonderful crowd turn up which is very important for an IPL franchise.