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

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

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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".