The IPL 2021 season is expected to feature 10 teams instead of 8. The BCCI is likely to roll out the tender for the two new teams after Diwali.
According to the reports, one of the franchise has raised doubts over the quality of squads being diluted due to increasing the number of teams which would affect the revenue of the franchises.
“IPL’s core – the very essence of having a salary purse every year – is to ensure the overall quality of all eight franchises remains somewhere at the same level, regardless of an individual franchise’s spending capacity. If two extra teams draw from the same pool of cricketers at the auction, can the quality be guaranteed,” existing franchises asked as per the Times of India.
A BCCI official has suggested a solution for the same. According to the official, the limit of overseas players per team can be increased from 4 to 5.
“There are quality overseas players who are warming the bench every season because of the restriction. An added overseas player will balance out that need,” the official suggested.