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IPL to discuss addition of tenth franchise

A round-up of IPL news from May 13, 2013

IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla has said the tournament's management is set to discuss whether to include a tenth franchise in the league. "The issue of tenth team in the IPL would be discussed after the end of the current edition," Shukla was quoted as saying by PTI. The IPL originally had eight franchises, before Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers Kerala were added in the fourth edition, in 2011. However, Kochi Tuskers were dissolved after just one season, and the IPL has consisted of nine franchises since. Deccan Chargers, the tournament's original Hyderabad franchise was also dissolved ahead of the 2013 season, but was immediately replaced by Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Contentious stands off limits again at Chepauk
A big chunk of the fans who have booked tickets for Chennai Super Kings' clash with Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday - Super Kings' final home game in IPL 2013 - could be left without access to the stadium, after the Chennai Corporation sealed three stands at Chepauk on Sunday as part of ongoing legal proceedings. The seating capacity of the stands is 12,000, the Hindu reported. The issue is centred around the stands apparently not receiving planning permission and building approval. While the stands have been off limits previously, till now in IPL 2013 they had been open to spectators.

Weather worries in Dharamsala
Dharamsala is scheduled to hosts Kings XI Punjab's final two home games, on Thursday and Saturday, but at present whether the weather will allow those matches to be played out remains to be seen. The state of Himachal Pradesh was lashed by heavy rainfall on Sunday, with Dharamsala receiving the most rain - around 32mm. Rain is forecast for Monday too, but it is expected to clear up from Tuesday onwards and the groundstaff at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium remain confident of getting the ground ready for the games. As per reports, the stadium manager said the ground could be made ready for play "in an hour from when the rain stops". While washouts will snuff out any slim chance Kings XI have of qualifying for the playoffs, the biggest losers could be Mumbai Indians who have a much better chance of progressing and are scheduled to play there on Saturday. Delhi Daredevils are the other team that will play at the venue.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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