Indian Premier League’s newest teams Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant will not be part of next year’s edition as they are set to be replaced by old franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, confirmed Gujarat Lions owner Keshav Bansal.
Earlier there has been suggestions that the cash-rich league could be extended to ten teams but with the suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals coming to an end by next year, the IPL governing council is keen to stick to an eight-franchise league.
“As we speak today, the contract states that the two new teams Pune and Gujarat will go out, so that’s the fact of the matter,” Bansal told Cricbuzz on Wednesday (May 3).
“When we bought the team, it was very clear that we will be buying it only for two years and after two years, these two teams will go out and the other two will come back, so that’s the way it is.”
However, Keshav Bansal has insisted that there are keen to prolong their association with Indian Premier League.
“For sure, the intention is there,” he said. “When we bought the team it was a different scenario, today it’s a different scenario, I’m quite attached to IPL personally and professionally both so I think the economics and all the other factors should be feasible, so given a chance we would love to (continue),” he added.
Both Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant have managed to get a good fan base over the course of the two years. Gujarat Lions have managed to reach the playoffs in the first season but Rising Pune Supergiant had a forgettable last season.
However, the men from Pune are turning tables well this season as they are looking favourites to qualify for playoffs this season. Meanwhile, Gujarat Lions have failed to deliver consistent performances this season as their chances to qualify for playoffs look slim.
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