Two new teams for the next two editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in place of the suspended Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) franchises was among the two proposals put forward by the IPL Governing Council in its meeting in Kolkata on Thursday.
"One suggestion is to have two new teams only for two years and replace them with CSK and RR in 2018 when they come back," an IPL GC member told PTI on Thursday. "The second suggestion is to make it 10 teams from 2018 onwards once the two suspended franchises complete their sentence," he said.
The IPL Governing Council met to discuss the recommendations given by the Justice Lodha Committee report on the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal. The two proposals will be put forward to the BCCI working committee which will meet in Kolkata on Friday.
The working committee meeting will be the last before the AGM due in September and the IPL GC matter will be 12th in the list of agenda which will deal with various cricketing matters, including deliberating on the affiliation issues to Bihar and Uttarakhand.
Former India captain and IPL GC member Sourav Ganguly said the Governing Council gave only the proposals and it's the BCCI working committee that will take decisions. "The recommendations were given at the GC and the working committee will take a decision. It's all confidential and chairman Rajiv Shukla will brief the media tomorrow," Ganguly said after the meeting without divulging anything.
Earlier in the day, the Madras High Court directed the Indian cricket board to file its response on the merits and maintainability of a petition filed by Chennai Super Kings challenging Justice Lodha Committee's order suspending it from the Indian Premier League over the 2013 betting scam.
The first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice TS Sivagnanam directed the BCCI to file its counter affidavit within two weeks. In its petition, city-based Indian Cements Ltd, owner of CSK, has also sought a stay on the Lodha committee's order last month suspending it.