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IPL to discuss addition of tenth franchise

A round-up of IPL news from May 13, 2013
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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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  • Momushab on May 13, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Currently the IPL is being played over 57 days.With 12 teams & no play offs it will be 132 games,with 1 game each on opening & closing days as is being played currently, 2 games on the other days excepting Sundays, wherein 3 games can be played, the number of days can still be maintained to +/- 60. Let's say 8 Sundays x 3 = 24 games + 1 + 1 on opening & closing days + 53 days x 2 = 106 games. So in total the league can be played over a period of 63 days, which is only 6 days more what it is right now, with more players playing & earning & more no conventional centers also coming into the fray.

  • Tendoschate on May 15, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    The idea of having three matches on Sundays will diminishes the interest of cricket.

  • on May 14, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    We have a team for each state and 2 teams per metro. We ll get the number to 50 and play all thru the year. We ll play the finals on Dec 31st and start the next edition on Jan 1st.

  • sanjaycrickfan on May 14, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    IPL should be played for 4 months with more games on the weekends and gaps between games. This will keep the teams and the viewers fresh. 2 or 3 more teams could be added for Gujarat, UP or Bihar which are major populous areas in the country. International cricketers could play whenever they are free from national duty. More homegrown talent should emerge who will be the exclusive stars of IPL and they will help sustain the league.

  • crick50 on May 14, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    let them Have 12 teams but they have to reduce Number of games. They have to play Qualifier .. for Last 4 spots.Top 6 can be exempted from playing qualifier . To promote IPL it must be played in 2 phases not continues . Divide in to 2 groups of 6 each . Top 3 in each group will be qualified for 2nd phase played out of India

    Home & away .. Home Played in India .. Limit to 10 Grounds Away -Played overseas Bangladesh, Afghanistan & sharjah

  • nk94555 on May 14, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Totally agree with folks in favor of longer IPL. No professional league is played for just one and half month. Whether it is NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL or any soccer league, they all go for six months plus playoff. Same way I would like to see IPL spread over 4-5 months and one month of playoff with each playoff series to be 5 or 7 games series. For the format, I suggest not to play just one game every day, each team can play every day and at the same time. Not necessary all the games to be televised to all the audience. There could be regional broadcast network for local games and out of the market games could be on pay per view. For number of games, I suggest for example when a Delhi travels to Mumbai, they can play three game series over three days. If there are ten teams and each team playing 3 home and 3 away games series against each team, that will be 54 games per team and playoffs after that. I think that will be a nice format

  • eprafulla on May 14, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    With 10 Teams: Round 1 (45 games): 1. Teams play each other once. 9 games each with top 5 teams getting additional home game. 2. Top 6 qualify for next round, carrying forward points and net run rate against other qualifying teams.

    Round 2 (15 games): 1. Teams play each other once. 5 games each with top 3 getting additional home game. 2. Top 4 qualify for play-offs.

    Highlights: 1. Total games 45 + 15 + 4 = 64. 2. Top 6 teams play each other twice. No boring matches. 3. Rewards good performances. Top teams get more home games (8) (same as current IPL). 4. Entire league can be played over 45 days.

  • moscowman on May 14, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Already it is getting too long. It has become tedious too. If ten teams are there,then it should be divided into two groups and in thef irst round let top 3 be selectedf rom each group. In second round,they will be playing 20 games to select the final four for semifinal/final play off

    It will mean 20+20+30+4=74, the same no of games as of now. Otherwise it will be too long,90+4=94 games. In summer the players will get sapped and we will have quick burnouts of our players . And the IPL should not go beyond middle of May to avoid the scorching summer. Being too greedy will result in our players not becoming f it for test duties and the natural stroke play will disappear

  • on May 14, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Awesome!!! I look forward to it. I hope they spread IPL over at least a 4 month period.

  • on May 14, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    The NBA & NHL have a best of 7 in the playoffs to decide which team progresses further in the tournament. what this does is it makes sure that the more deserving team gets through. In the current format of the IPL a good team can have an off day and loose but that does not make the opposition the better team. while a best of 7 is unrealistic and unlikely in the 60 day window, a best of 3 for the semi finals and the finals is far more manageable and will ensure that the better team comes out on top.

  • Momushab on May 13, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Currently the IPL is being played over 57 days.With 12 teams & no play offs it will be 132 games,with 1 game each on opening & closing days as is being played currently, 2 games on the other days excepting Sundays, wherein 3 games can be played, the number of days can still be maintained to +/- 60. Let's say 8 Sundays x 3 = 24 games + 1 + 1 on opening & closing days + 53 days x 2 = 106 games. So in total the league can be played over a period of 63 days, which is only 6 days more what it is right now, with more players playing & earning & more no conventional centers also coming into the fray.

  • Tendoschate on May 15, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    The idea of having three matches on Sundays will diminishes the interest of cricket.

  • on May 14, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    We have a team for each state and 2 teams per metro. We ll get the number to 50 and play all thru the year. We ll play the finals on Dec 31st and start the next edition on Jan 1st.

  • sanjaycrickfan on May 14, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    IPL should be played for 4 months with more games on the weekends and gaps between games. This will keep the teams and the viewers fresh. 2 or 3 more teams could be added for Gujarat, UP or Bihar which are major populous areas in the country. International cricketers could play whenever they are free from national duty. More homegrown talent should emerge who will be the exclusive stars of IPL and they will help sustain the league.

  • crick50 on May 14, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    let them Have 12 teams but they have to reduce Number of games. They have to play Qualifier .. for Last 4 spots.Top 6 can be exempted from playing qualifier . To promote IPL it must be played in 2 phases not continues . Divide in to 2 groups of 6 each . Top 3 in each group will be qualified for 2nd phase played out of India

    Home & away .. Home Played in India .. Limit to 10 Grounds Away -Played overseas Bangladesh, Afghanistan & sharjah

  • nk94555 on May 14, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Totally agree with folks in favor of longer IPL. No professional league is played for just one and half month. Whether it is NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL or any soccer league, they all go for six months plus playoff. Same way I would like to see IPL spread over 4-5 months and one month of playoff with each playoff series to be 5 or 7 games series. For the format, I suggest not to play just one game every day, each team can play every day and at the same time. Not necessary all the games to be televised to all the audience. There could be regional broadcast network for local games and out of the market games could be on pay per view. For number of games, I suggest for example when a Delhi travels to Mumbai, they can play three game series over three days. If there are ten teams and each team playing 3 home and 3 away games series against each team, that will be 54 games per team and playoffs after that. I think that will be a nice format

  • eprafulla on May 14, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    With 10 Teams: Round 1 (45 games): 1. Teams play each other once. 9 games each with top 5 teams getting additional home game. 2. Top 6 qualify for next round, carrying forward points and net run rate against other qualifying teams.

    Round 2 (15 games): 1. Teams play each other once. 5 games each with top 3 getting additional home game. 2. Top 4 qualify for play-offs.

    Highlights: 1. Total games 45 + 15 + 4 = 64. 2. Top 6 teams play each other twice. No boring matches. 3. Rewards good performances. Top teams get more home games (8) (same as current IPL). 4. Entire league can be played over 45 days.

  • moscowman on May 14, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Already it is getting too long. It has become tedious too. If ten teams are there,then it should be divided into two groups and in thef irst round let top 3 be selectedf rom each group. In second round,they will be playing 20 games to select the final four for semifinal/final play off

    It will mean 20+20+30+4=74, the same no of games as of now. Otherwise it will be too long,90+4=94 games. In summer the players will get sapped and we will have quick burnouts of our players . And the IPL should not go beyond middle of May to avoid the scorching summer. Being too greedy will result in our players not becoming f it for test duties and the natural stroke play will disappear

  • on May 14, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Awesome!!! I look forward to it. I hope they spread IPL over at least a 4 month period.

  • on May 14, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    The NBA & NHL have a best of 7 in the playoffs to decide which team progresses further in the tournament. what this does is it makes sure that the more deserving team gets through. In the current format of the IPL a good team can have an off day and loose but that does not make the opposition the better team. while a best of 7 is unrealistic and unlikely in the 60 day window, a best of 3 for the semi finals and the finals is far more manageable and will ensure that the better team comes out on top.

  • on May 13, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Sounds like the knell for test cricket. Please no more teams... enough is enough. All that's happening is the spoiling of batsmen's technique, notably Murali Vijay. Such flashy shows are not befitting the "Gentlemen's Game".

  • on May 13, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    There should be 12 or 14 teams, and IPL should expand more than 1 and 1/2 months. Its going to get boring once this season ends. I want IPL for 3-4 months.

  • on May 13, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    with a tenth franchise the ipl would seem more complete not to mention it would enable more players to flourish

  • inswing on May 13, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    All franchises are making a loss. To increase financial viability, more games (and hence more advertising) are needed, and hence a tenth team is needed. A longer season to spread games out over more days would be good too, but practically difficult. Cramming too many games in a short period of time increase spectator fatigue. The US national football league also has only 16 games per season. However, they play only one game per week and hence interest and excitement is sustained for months, which is financially attractive. To make IPL financially realistic, there should be more games spread out over around 3 months. Foreign players can come and go as per their national schedule, while India gets a 3-month break in the international schedule. Most people want to do the opposite - fewer games, shorter season - which will kill IPL instantly.

  • yogikanna on May 13, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    If they add a 10th franchise, they better have group A and Group B and reduce the length of the league games by half. The IPL is way too long already, and if they make it any longer by adding another team, I am not going to watch it. They are going to lose a lot of spectators and fans for sure. They need to make it Shorter, otherwise it becomes really boring after the first few weeks.

  • santhoo24 on May 13, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    reduction of matches out of question IMHO. If anything, BCCI wants to increase number of matches, which would increase BCCI's income. End of the dayIPL is all about money after all, and the proposed inclusion of 10th team is to increase revenue, isn't it?

  • harsha999s on May 13, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    The New Franchise should come up from Ahmedabad,The Motera stadium,which is one of the prominent grounds in India is missing the extravaganza from the inaugural IPL season,also every Franchise should be asked to stage two of their home matches in Tier-II cities like Nagpur,Vizag,Indore,Rajkot,Kanpur,Gauwhati...But the travel may make players cumbersome,but it'll increase the spread by leaps and bounds

  • Arrow011 on May 13, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Make teams for Uttaranchal which has abundance of talent, Dhoni (Actually a Kumaoni, he just lives in Jharkhand), Manish Pandey (Plays for Karnataka in Ranji), Negi (Plays for Delhi in Ranji & IPL), Unmukt Chand (Plays for Delhi) & there are so many scattered to represent other less talented states. These players play for other states because there is no Ranji team for the hil state thanks to flawed policies of the BCCI whereas talentless states like J&k & Jharkhand have teams. J&K which has had a Ranji team for decades now has just produced a flash in the pan spinner Parvez Rasool & the media is going ga ga for nothing. It is time atleast an IPL team is dedicated for Uttaranchal state. By the way I am not an Uttaranchali.:)

  • symsun on May 13, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    IPL will be gud with 8 teams, starting from scratch, reshuffling of players without retention policy and providing equal opportunity for all franchise to get the best players. All players should be auctioned again and players retention can be after one year. If a franchise wants to retain certain players like MI-Sachin, CSK-Dhoni, Raina, RCB-Kohli, Gayle, they can go after them in the auction. At least once in every 4 years, let the franchise have the option to get the best players in the team.

  • mjrvasu on May 13, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    It is a bad idea to expand to more teams. Even as it is we see a couple of teams putting up a very pathetic performance. In fact they should modify the format to relegate one or two teams that are totally hopeless; give the franchisees the option of dropping players from the squad and identify replacements if they can do so; and similar negative incentives for non-performers. What a waste of time and money to see many of the 'foreign' captains miserably failing, and dragging their teams to the dumps!

  • on May 13, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    please... 9 teams are more than enough... 50 days already overwhelming

  • Momushab on May 13, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Think the league should be made of 12 teams with 5 foreign players allowed to play in each team. This way more players get an opportunity both India & foreign. Even players from non test playing countries can be roped in & the game can be taken further to other countries. The competition can be made on a purely league basis as it is in in football with no play offs. 2 games can be played daily with the top 3 teams qualifying for the champions league. The teams which are the most consistent will be rightfully rewarded & freakish 1 off result as can happen in a play off will be avoided. The auctions can take place from scratch & once this league is established there can be more players who can be allowed to be retained & thus creating more loyalty & camaraderie in the teams.

  • on May 13, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    I think it will be a bad idea to include a 10th team if there isnt a fresh full auction with no retention, otherwise new team will have to do with leftover scraps. That or only allow 2 players retention max(1 indian 1 foreign), so teams like CSK/RCB/MI wont retain players like dhoni/raina/hussy/gayle/virat/ab/pollard for lower than their worth when players like jadeja/rohit/yusuf are getting $2 million bids. Team retain up to 4 players for $4.5 million as per current rules. The limit that non capped players can get should be lifted also, as players like rayudu & rahane will not get top price for their worth & not count against their franchises cap limit. Or allow nfl/nba freeagency where after certain number of years(3) the player is courted by others to come play for their team getting an offer & if the players current team wants to keep him then they will pay higher. Also get rid of secret bids, show us how high teams bid in secret so there is no corruption so big teams dont cheat.

  • on May 13, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    @Sukruti: Those are frankly some of the daftest suggestions that I have heard. Well done.

  • Sukruti on May 13, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    It is really painful to watch some of the matches which are one sided. Based on previous IPL performance, there should be qualifying rounds for teams to be eligible in playing in the main tournament. Then it becomes interesting, otherwise, teams like Pune, Delhi have not played really well and it gets boring to watch their matches. Howeever, there might be a big problem because franchises invest a lot in players and if they donot even qualify then they incur huge losses. Instead the IPL auction can commence after the qualifying rounds. Also, in the main tournament there can be two pools, A & B and teams can evenly be distributed based on their strengths. Then IPL can be shorter, otherwise, each team has to play 16 matches and maintaining consistency over such a long period can be a challenge. There should be nothing like a home advantage factor. Include all possible venues in india for IPL, not just the franchise venues. Also, introduce a ranking system in IPL.

  • Sukruti on May 13, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    It is really painful to watch some of the matches which are one sided. Based on previous IPL performance, there should be qualifying rounds for teams to be eligible in playing in the main tournament. Then it becomes interesting, otherwise, teams like Pune, Delhi have not played really well and it gets boring to watch their matches. Howeever, there might be a big problem because franchises invest a lot in players and if they donot even qualify then they incur huge losses. Instead the IPL auction can commence after the qualifying rounds. Also, in the main tournament there can be two pools, A & B and teams can evenly be distributed based on their strengths. Then IPL can be shorter, otherwise, each team has to play 16 matches and maintaining consistency over such a long period can be a challenge. There should be nothing like a home advantage factor. Include all possible venues in india for IPL, not just the franchise venues. Also, introduce a ranking system in IPL.

  • on May 13, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    @Sukruti: Those are frankly some of the daftest suggestions that I have heard. Well done.

  • on May 13, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    I think it will be a bad idea to include a 10th team if there isnt a fresh full auction with no retention, otherwise new team will have to do with leftover scraps. That or only allow 2 players retention max(1 indian 1 foreign), so teams like CSK/RCB/MI wont retain players like dhoni/raina/hussy/gayle/virat/ab/pollard for lower than their worth when players like jadeja/rohit/yusuf are getting $2 million bids. Team retain up to 4 players for $4.5 million as per current rules. The limit that non capped players can get should be lifted also, as players like rayudu & rahane will not get top price for their worth & not count against their franchises cap limit. Or allow nfl/nba freeagency where after certain number of years(3) the player is courted by others to come play for their team getting an offer & if the players current team wants to keep him then they will pay higher. Also get rid of secret bids, show us how high teams bid in secret so there is no corruption so big teams dont cheat.

  • Momushab on May 13, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Think the league should be made of 12 teams with 5 foreign players allowed to play in each team. This way more players get an opportunity both India & foreign. Even players from non test playing countries can be roped in & the game can be taken further to other countries. The competition can be made on a purely league basis as it is in in football with no play offs. 2 games can be played daily with the top 3 teams qualifying for the champions league. The teams which are the most consistent will be rightfully rewarded & freakish 1 off result as can happen in a play off will be avoided. The auctions can take place from scratch & once this league is established there can be more players who can be allowed to be retained & thus creating more loyalty & camaraderie in the teams.

  • on May 13, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    please... 9 teams are more than enough... 50 days already overwhelming

  • mjrvasu on May 13, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    It is a bad idea to expand to more teams. Even as it is we see a couple of teams putting up a very pathetic performance. In fact they should modify the format to relegate one or two teams that are totally hopeless; give the franchisees the option of dropping players from the squad and identify replacements if they can do so; and similar negative incentives for non-performers. What a waste of time and money to see many of the 'foreign' captains miserably failing, and dragging their teams to the dumps!

  • symsun on May 13, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    IPL will be gud with 8 teams, starting from scratch, reshuffling of players without retention policy and providing equal opportunity for all franchise to get the best players. All players should be auctioned again and players retention can be after one year. If a franchise wants to retain certain players like MI-Sachin, CSK-Dhoni, Raina, RCB-Kohli, Gayle, they can go after them in the auction. At least once in every 4 years, let the franchise have the option to get the best players in the team.

  • Arrow011 on May 13, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Make teams for Uttaranchal which has abundance of talent, Dhoni (Actually a Kumaoni, he just lives in Jharkhand), Manish Pandey (Plays for Karnataka in Ranji), Negi (Plays for Delhi in Ranji & IPL), Unmukt Chand (Plays for Delhi) & there are so many scattered to represent other less talented states. These players play for other states because there is no Ranji team for the hil state thanks to flawed policies of the BCCI whereas talentless states like J&k & Jharkhand have teams. J&K which has had a Ranji team for decades now has just produced a flash in the pan spinner Parvez Rasool & the media is going ga ga for nothing. It is time atleast an IPL team is dedicated for Uttaranchal state. By the way I am not an Uttaranchali.:)

  • harsha999s on May 13, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    The New Franchise should come up from Ahmedabad,The Motera stadium,which is one of the prominent grounds in India is missing the extravaganza from the inaugural IPL season,also every Franchise should be asked to stage two of their home matches in Tier-II cities like Nagpur,Vizag,Indore,Rajkot,Kanpur,Gauwhati...But the travel may make players cumbersome,but it'll increase the spread by leaps and bounds

  • santhoo24 on May 13, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    reduction of matches out of question IMHO. If anything, BCCI wants to increase number of matches, which would increase BCCI's income. End of the dayIPL is all about money after all, and the proposed inclusion of 10th team is to increase revenue, isn't it?