IPL 2016 2 New Teams: Rajkot and Pune
After banning Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for 2 years from IPL, BCCI and IPL governing council include two new teams for IPL 2016 & 2017 season of India Premier League. The Justice Lodha Committee banned CSK and RR due spot-fixing controversy of 2013 resulting 2 years ban on both teams. On Tuesday, 8th December 2015 Board of Control for Cricket in India announced inclusion of two new teams for the next 2 seasons of ViVO India Premier League. The Pune City based team is bought by Sanjiv Goenka, chairman of RP-Sanjeev Goenka Group, through his firm New Rising and Rajkot team is bought by Intex Mobiles. Sanjiv Goenka who is also the co-owner ISL franchise Atletico De Kolkata has bought the Pune Based team at 16 Crore INR through Reverse bidding process. While the Intex Mobiles bought Rajot based team at 10 Crore through same process. The Pune team will replace Chennai and Rajkot team will replace Rajasthan team.
The players from Chennai and Rajasthan around 50+ will be divided in two groups, capped and uncapped. The top 10 players of both teams M S Dhoni, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Brendon McCullum and Shane Watson will be sold through a draft system. The auction is held on 15th December 2015. The home ground home for Pune and Rajkot will be decided later. Dharamsala, Nagpur, Pune, Chennai and Rajkot are the venues to choose from.
However inclusion of these new teams is only for 2 years as their contract expires in 2017. Also CSK and RR will be back in 2018 IPL season after serving 4 year ban. So it up to BCCI 2018 IPL would be six-team tournament or ten-team tournament.
Vivo Indian Premier League 2016 starts from 9th April, 2016 and ends on 29th May, 2016.