IPL 2018, Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions won’t get extension: Rajeev Shukla

Indian premier league chairman Rajeev Shukla today made it clear that Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions “will not get any extension” and if they have to come back in the 2018 season, it has to be through fresh bidding process.

Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will also be making a come back next year after having served two year suspensions for their involvement in 2013 spot-fixing saga.

“No extension is being given to both the teams (RPS and Lions). Agreement was only for two years. Even if we make it a 10-team league, the two new teams would have to be freshly bid, so they (RPS and GL) are not being given any extension or anything,” Shukla told mediapersons today. The general mood of the IPL Governing Council is to stay put with eight teams as a 10-team league would increase the number of matches to 84.

“Next year, as per SC order, the two (suspended) teams would be back. The issue of whether 8 or 10 teams will come up at the IPL GC meeting. So far the plan is to go ahead with 8 teams. A 10-team league has to be endorsed by the Governing Council.” All players were supposed to go back into the auction pool after the 10-year cycle but Shukla indicated that retention policy may still be considered.

Shukla has indicated that retention policy of the players might continue even after the 10-year period, after which it was mandatory to conduct a fresh auction pool.

“We will have a mega auction but retention policy also needs to be decided. The mega-auction is not going to take place immediately it will be just before next IPL, so we have enough time to decide.”

“The issue (of e-auction) has been discussed. The IPL staff has been told to talk to the experts. It’s a segregated tender (digital/broadcast/mobile) for different zones, so it becomes difficult. “But the title sponsorship, there we have decided to go for e-auction. Vivo was there for 2 years and fresh auction will be held.”

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