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Will try to ensure IPL 2022 takes place in India, says BCCI VP Rajeev Shukla

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Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Vice President Rajeev Shukla on Tuesday said that the BCCI will try to ensure that the Indian Premier League (IPL) takes place in India. Sanjeev Goenka’s RPSG Group and CVC Capital’s Ahmedabad team on Tuesday received formal approval from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for two new Indian Premier League (IPL) teams – the Lucknow franchise.

The formal nod was given after the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council meeting on Tuesday and both Ahmedabad and Lucknow have been given deadlines for player signings ahead of the mega auction.

“Two important decisions were taken today by the IPL governing body. First, the Ahmedabad franchise whose bid was won by the CVC. After the highest bidder, questions were raised whether he has some shares in the betting company outside India. The BCCI immediately cleared all Precautions were taken and they formed a committee headed by a retired Supreme Court judge and after going through everything the committee decided that his betting was right and he should get (formal sanction),” Shukla told ANI.

“However, BCCI again took extra precautions and asked them (CVC) to give an undertaking that you will not participate/participate in any (betting) company,” he added. “Vivo decided to part ways so Tata has come as the sponsor of the IPL for two years.”

When asked about IPL 2022, the BCCI VP said: “We will try to make sure that the Indian Premier League takes place in India. But we will see again in March to see how the COVID situation is again.”

“There will be a contingency plan if the COVID situation worsens,” he added. Regarding the IPL auction and the India-West Indies series, Shukla said that it all depends on the situation then.

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The two new IPL franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad – have a budget of Rs 33 crore to pick the three players to go back to the pool before the start of the mega auction.

For the two new franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad – they cannot pick more than two Indian players (capped/uncapped). They cannot pick more than one overseas player and more than one Indian uncapped player. Apart from RPSG winning the bid for the Lucknow franchise, Irelia Company Pte Ltd (CVC Capital Partners) won the bid for the Ahmedabad franchise (for INR 5,625 crore).

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