Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni during practice session. (Source: Instagram)

The meeting of IPL franchise owners took place in London where the team owners talk over the expansion of the team’s in the IPL. This would not be the first time where teams would be increased to 10 from 8 as in 2011 edition of Indian Premier League, the team’s were 10 with the addition of the Kochi and Pune franchises.

Expansion of teams from 8 to 10 was one of the main issues discussed during the meeting of franchise owners and the league’s other shareholder in London earlier this week. However, the increase in the number of teams won’t be a first as 10 sides competed in the 2011 edition.

There were contractual issues between Kochi and the BCCI which meant that the team could only be a part of one season before the Sahara-owned Pune Warriors also pulled out after the 2013 edition, making it an eight-team contest again from 2014.

Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended due to arise of the spot-fixing scandal which resulted in entry of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions for two seasons. Sanjiv Goenka, the owner of Rising Pune Supergiant franchise which reached the 2017 IPL final in only its second attempt, had expressed to stay into the competition beyond the two-year period.

IPL has turned out to be a big brand which is the reason of interest from corporate India for investing in the biggest T20 competition in the world.

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