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BCCI invites bids for new IPL team

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October 14, 2012

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Cameron White and Shikhar Dhawan were involved in a century stand, Deccan Chargers v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2012, Hyderabad
The bids have been invited with respect to 12 cities, including Hyderabad © AFP

The BCCI has floated a tender, inviting bidders for a new IPL team following the termination of the Deccan Chargers franchise.

Leading Indian newspapers on Sunday carried an advertisement from the BCCI which read, "Under this invitation to tender, the winning bidder will be granted the right to own and operate a new team which will compete in the IPL in each year from and including 2013 onwards and will have the opportunity (if applicable and subject to qualification) to compete in each and any CLT20 which is staged from 2013 onwards." The deadline for submitting the bids is noon on October 25.

The bids have been invited with respect to 12 cities, including Hyderabad where the owners of the Deccan Chargers franchise were based. The others are Ahmedabad, Cuttack, Dharamsala, Indore, Kanpur, Kochi, Nagpur, Noida, Rajkot, Ranchi and Vizag.

The termination of the Deccan Chargers franchise was confirmed on Saturday when the Bombay High Court rejected its independent arbitrator's ruling that the BCCI's decision to dissolve the franchise be stayed. The only avenue left for Deccan Chargers is to appeal against the High Court decision in India's Supreme Court.

The saga, which culminated in the termination, can be traced back to June this year when reports suggested that Deccan Chargers Holdings Limited (DHCL), the owners of the side, were exploring the possibility of selling the franchise. In August, the BCCI gave DHCL until the end of the month to pay its player dues, and a month later the owners put the franchise up for sale after approaching the Indian board for help. After DHCL refused the sole bid it received at the September 13 auction, the BCCI terminated the franchise, triggering a legal battle.

The BCCI will be keen on finalising a new, ninth team before the next edition of the IPL in 2013, as it will, otherwise, result in reduced franchise fees and TV rights payments. Following a ten-team IPL in 2011, the Kochi Tuskers Kerala franchise was terminated last year in September. Two other franchises - Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals - are still involved in litigation with the BCCI, and the IPL is on the lookout for a new title sponsor after DLF Ltd ended its five-year association with the tournament.

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Posted by Pappu_bhai on (October 17, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

Plz note team name has changed to Karthick Anandans "Singam 11"

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

bye bye to DC . From the bigginning DC's owners has made blunder after blubder.The end result is here as expected.Hope the next franchisee will learn from this.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (October 15, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Everybdoy Plz say "Singam 11 Rocks"

Posted by SamAsh07 on (October 15, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Ahmedabad Chargers? Ahmedabad Aces?

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 15, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Well done BCCI. Put all your ENERGIES and resources in IPL and CLT20, let the Tests against Eng and Auss go to hell. Who cares, afterall Test cricket has no market in India and neither fills BCCI coffers. Gr8, carry on with this circus. This from someone who do like IPL and CLT20, though absurd timings and strategies.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

How many more teams??? Enough already. Focus on test cricket rather than this stupid IPL.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 7:25 GMT)


Posted by analyseabhishek on (October 15, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

If BCCI could stick to the original 8 team plan, it would do Indian Cricket a lot of good. 9 teams mean dilution of quality and consequently, encourages mediocrity. And in the current champions league, we are seeing the results of mediocrity of IPL teams

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

I wonder what would have happened if Deccan Chargers had qualified for the Champions League?

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (October 15, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

My Friend Singam Karthick is going to Take a new team named Singam 11 and It will be from Cuttack.

Best of luck SIngam 11-From Singam fans.

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (October 15, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

This time it should be Ahmeadabad....The ciry has everything..better infrastructure and cricket crazy crowd..even ICL matches were used to draw big crowds in the stadium..Also, there are so many gujju players which might be a case for Ahmedabad's team...Irfan Pathan, Yousuf Pathan,Parthiv Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Munaf Patel, pujara etc...In fact, last time when bid happened, the bid for Ahmedabad was largest however the bid was cancelled because few ministers were interested in a Kochi based franchise!!

I hope, everything goes well and an Ahmedabad based franchise is in action in 2013

Posted by inswing on (October 15, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

It is not a matter of any city "deserving" a team. It is a matter of bidders from where have the deepest pockets and the ability to take losses of crores for many years. Financially, Ahmedabad is the obvious choice as it is the largest market without a team. Last time, Kochi and Pune outbid A'bad. Who will be foolish enough to bid crazy amounts this time? Who has learnt that IPL is not for you if you don't have tens for crores you can easily afford to lose? If no one is crazy this time, A'bad is likely to have the relatively sound bid (meaning making the relatively low amount of loss every year - no franchise if actually making money).

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

I completely agree with Anshuman Dutta. Why not have a Guwahati / NorthEast team? If you look in terms of where the teams are based, East is only represented by KKR. It would be a great way to develop talent in that area! Not a single Assamese in Team India, people are going to start losing interest in the game.

Posted by kalyanbk on (October 15, 2012, 1:13 GMT)

Invite Afghanistan to be a special invitation team.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 0:16 GMT)

Lahore Badshahs anyone...?

Posted by SirViv1973 on (October 14, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

Does the IPL need another franchise ? Didn't it work better with 8 teams playing each other home and away ?

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

Hope this is the beginning of the end for the IPL tamasha, it has done nothing for Indian cricket.

Posted by jackthelad on (October 14, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

It's all nonsense, though, isn't it?

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (October 14, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

WHat are the rules. Should the new bid be about a base in Hydrabad too or, can I bid for a Lahore based Franchise??

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

I think Ahmedabad would be good. Indian have always performed worst there. It wll be a real learning/ practice to play on such wickets.

Posted by spence1324 on (October 14, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

Lets face it the IPL is rapidly turning is one big circus!

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (October 14, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

What the IPL members really have to do is make a Lahore ,Colombo, and Dhaka team and all the Sri Lankans/Pakistani/Bangladeshis that are NOT already in the IPL are allowed to play in those teams. This would be similar to the ICL. It would also gather the attention of the rest of the world + Pakistan/Sri Lankan viewers = generation of a lot more money. Not only that, but it would mend relationships between subcontinent players

Posted by Blythesville on (October 14, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Trinidad & Tobago should apply.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

we want indore.,.,INDORE .,.,INDORE.,.,.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

while we are at it can jammu and kashmir get a ream

Posted by A.J.KnightRider on (October 14, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

Gujarat STRONGLY deserves to have an IPL team, Ahmedabad should win this time !!!!!

Posted by raghavan88 on (October 14, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

Gujarat could get a team this time,my reckoning.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 14, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Cant stop laughing at some of the comments that boast their own cities. If there is any chance it is obviously for Ahmedabad, Hyd, Kochi and i have a gut feeling that Ahmedabad will win (bidders from Hyd and Kochi would surely do some analysis about the longetivity, profitability given their previous bidders exp and i am sure they wouldnt just stash any amount of money) As for the cities like Vizag, dharamsala give it a rest. They stand no chance (although i love the cities) @Kartik Saboo Cant understand why even Nagpur is in the list. Already 2 teams from Maharastra which is an overkill. But Nagpur doesnt stand anywhere near to Mumbair or pune or even Noida interms of infrastructure .

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 13:15 GMT)


Posted by Baber_Baloch on (October 14, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

IPL tooooooooooooooo longer it,s should be short

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 13:04 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

HI INDIAN CRICKET LOVERS... I wud suggest all the business tycoons do not invest and waste your valuable assests and your property behind this.. before it was kocchi, now deccan tomorw it could b banglore as well. do not invest and get into a huge loss. Instead think wat u can do to serve your country as it will surely make you the best person in the world. where all indians will feel proud of u...

Posted by RAMBO_RAM on (October 14, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

It has to be HYD or VIZAG. Can leave this state after AP having 2 ranji teams! Next in the pipe might be KOCHI but thats far away...

Posted by Tuskeronfire on (October 14, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Ohh Man please say Kochi... Kochi all the way... This time a united kochi... Despite a poor management which never connected with us fans we still supported our beloved Tuskers.. You can see some ardent cricket passionates in Kerala... You can cehck the attendance of Celebritiy Cricket League in Kerala and it was house full, over 60,000 fans watched every game, you knwo why, the management connected with the fans. Any India match happenig in Kochi is full, the previous match where the game was washed out we fans waited in the gallery the whoel time and it was another housefull. I'm hoping for a miracle this time and give us some heart broken kochi fans something to cheer about. Cheeeeeeeers

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 11:45 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

noida team ? which team shall i support then ? noida or delhi ? may be new rivals like manchester will be created !

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

I hope some cool place with lesser probability of rain should win the bid. It will give a relaxing feel to the players during the exhausting season of IPL. Dharmasala seems to be the best option for the same. Also, it will reduce the travelling burnout as it is located close to Delhi Mohali and Jaipur. Matches can be scheduled strategically to reduce the travelling woes. All other venues are either hot, humid or don't have multiple other venues in close proximity to reduce the travelling woes. Also, as far as profitability is concerned, having a team from a big city does not make a substantial difference. Me being from Pune don't watch all games of Pune because there aren't any local players in the team. Eventually, the playing 11 are 11 professional cricketers. There is hardly any connection with the city. So, the comfort of the playing 22 is of utmost importance because the most important at the end of the day is a nice game of cricket.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

BID 4 KOCHI.... the home support, the climate, stadium has the capacity is also attractive for cricket match in Kochi. Here Cricket is a big craze than any other sports. Kochi is the fast growing city in India. Kocki (Kerala) is one of the most beautiful and awesome tourist destinations among the world.... hope that Mr. Priyadarshan & Dr. Mohanlal (our Lalettan) will help us to bring it back.... I'm waiting for the DAY to hear the winner of the Bidder. AND IT WILL BE THE GREAT KOCHI!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Will there be pakistani players this time?

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

wud luv 2 c kochi team reappear with a more settled management...........

Posted by screwed1 on (October 14, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

we want kochi backkkk in trackk..................................

Posted by Rahul_78 on (October 14, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

What are the odds of Videocon getting the long awaited Ahmedabad franchise? :)

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

kochi wil win the bid.............................................hope so

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

it should be vijag only.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

some should bid for kochi!!

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

some one should bid for kochi!!!!! the home support from kochi will be awesome!!!!! in kochi, the climate is also attractive for cricket!! kochi people love cricket more than any other sports!! such a huge stage to play will showcase the talents from kerala!! kochi is a fast growing city in india!! the home ground JNS is one of the best ground in india!! kochi will be an winner in all the ways!! so please bid for kochi!!!!!!!

Posted by Vizaggg_Beaches on (October 14, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

Please Bidders dont go with long city names. VIZAG is the nickname for VISAKHAPATNAM. :)

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

against all odds ranchi will manage to get through due to msd influence..... and i would be lovin it....

Posted by Vizaggg_Beaches on (October 14, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

One of the most Peaceful Cities in India is Vizag,amid Eastern Ghats. The Scenic beauties and Beaches in Vizag are a Wonder. Moreover,the underground drainage facility in Cricket Stadium is Worldclass.

Posted by Vizaggg_Beaches on (October 14, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

It would be Vizag for Sure,,. The Best City in India for its Scenic Beauty and Beaches. Worldclass Hotels.. First Real Submarine Museum INS KURSURA in Asia. First Ship in India built in HSL. WorldClass Cricket Stadium amid Eastern Ghats. I hope VIZAG would surely win the bid.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

BCCI should allow pak players to players to play in IPL love to see Ajmal in action in IPL 2013 .Im from India

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

NAGPUR..It has to be to please Shashank.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

Hope Nagpur wins it! Don't understand why Noida & Vizag are in the options though.

Posted by theswami on (October 14, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

It will most likely be Ahmedabad.

Posted by timohyj on (October 14, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

if Ranchi gest a team will they be able to sign Dhoni as the icon player?

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

someone should bid for Kochi!

Posted by RathishCochin on (October 14, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

Kochi will be a better choice for the new team. Kochi stadium has the capacity of 60000 which is better than 54000 of Ahmedabad. And in Kochi climate is suitable for cricket whereas Ahmedabad is very hot and its difficult for the players. Kochi has the experience to host the IPL matches, so it help the organizers to manage the event better than Ahmedabad. Kochi is a business city with all facilities like Airport, Hotels etc. If any business man want to take his team to profit then choose Kochi. Kochi has proven several time that it is the best ground to host a cricket match in India. Last example is CCL 2012. Everyone impressed with the support they got from the crowd, and the match was huge success. That's why CCL Organizer award Kochi to host the inaugural function of the CCL 2013.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

where Sanga,Steyn,White,Duminy will go??

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

its very unfair not to invite guwahati..

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

Why not Guwahati?? A new world class stadium is also being constructed there. Its totally unfair to not invite Guwahati for the bid.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

IPL sholdnt be longet than 3 weeks

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 14, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

It's safe to say Ahmedabad is the likely candidate to become the 9th IPL franchise. The rest of the cities don't look viable in terms of profitability and marketability. Besides, other than Kochi and Hyderabad, the rest are just suburbs of major cities. They won't make ideal cricketing centres in terms of facilities and commuting. So it's Ahmedabad for me.

Posted by 30-30-150 on (October 14, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Ahmedabad will get it for sure :)

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