Indian Premier League March 21, 2010

Pune and Kochi unveiled as new IPL franchises

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The financial might of the IPL was on display again on Sunday when Pune and Kochi became the league's two new franchises, being sold for a value in excess of the original eight franchises combined.

The Sahara group, the biggest patron of sports in the country, became owners of the Pune franchise after offering a staggering US$370m. The other new franchisee is a consortium of five companies called Rendezvous Sports World, which bid US$333.33m for Kochi. There were three other qualified bidders, including Adani Enterprises and VC digital solutions Pvt Ltd (Videocon), who were in the fray to become part of the IPL, which will be heartening for any existing franchise owners looking to offload their stake.

"It only shows there is no recession for the IPL and it is on the upswing," Lalit Modi, the league's commissioner, said after announcing the new franchises in Chennai.

Sahara, who have been sponsoring Indian cricket for the past 15 years, had bid for the same amount for three cities, but ultimately chose Pune over Ahmedabad and Nagpur. "When we considered the cities, in terms of infrastructure and logistics, Pune came first," Abhijit Sarkar, the head of Sahara's corporate communications, said. "Ït is also close to Mumbai - the commercial capital of India - and Aamby Valley (an upmarket township owned by the Sahara group)."

Ajay Shirke, president of the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) and a prominent businessmen from Pune, said he was obviously happy about Pune being rated as the most popular venue at the auction with three out of the five bidders preferring Pune as their home base over the rest of the 11 cities. Puneites have been hungry for top-quality cricket for nearly half a decade now. The last international match played in Pune was in the 2005 ODI series between India and Sri Lanka.

"MCA has always maintained that we will support all bids that are made for Pune," Shirke, who was present at the auction venue in Chennai, told Cricinfo. "That only increases Pune's association with cricket manifold.

"What they [the bidders] would have kept in mind was the market of Mumbai and Pune are nearby. Then there are private cities like Lavasa and Aamby Valley, which are about 20 kilometres from the ground."

According to Shirke, the Sahara franchise would have its home ground situated on the outskirts of Pune city, in Gahunje, which is on the Mumbai-Pune expressway. The ground construction is already underway with Shapoorji Pallonji being the main contractors.

He was confident that the ground would be ready in time for the IPL's fourth season when Sahara would unveil its team. "The construction work has already started and it should be ready by March 2011," Shirke said.

While Sahara have a long history of sports sponsorship and are a high-profile corporate group, little is known about the winners of the Kochi franchise. It is a consortium with five partners - the Rendezvous group, Parini developers, Anand Shah Estate, Anchor Earth Private Limited and Film Waves. Minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor was involved in bringing the group together, but has no stake in the franchise.

In fact, Tharoor clarified to Cricinfo that he had no stake in the Kochi franchise and that his role was limited to encouraging the consortium that bagged the team. "My role consisted only of encouraging and blessing the venture, and steering it to Kerala," he told Cricinfo.

"Tharoor was involved in facilitating and trying to get a team for the state," Modi confirmed. "He is an ardent fan of cricket and he has been trying to get people from Kochi to bid for it. I think his involvement ends there."

Modi said the tournament's organsiers would provide the Kochi franchise a home ground till the Kerala Cricket Association completes construction of its new stadium. "Kerala Cricket Association is in the process of building the infrastructure and as when the stadium is ready teams will play there," he said. "But till the structures are ready, the IPL will provide them with an alternate venue."

Speaking to reporters, Shailendra Gaikwad of Rendezvous World Sport said, "We have closely been following every development within the IPL, right from the inaugural year. Today, I am very happy for our consortium of Rendezvous World Sport and the people of Kochi as we finally have a team to call our own in this amazing city-based sports franchise"

While the huge money offered by the new franchisees shows the health of the IPL, Modi said there were no plans in the near future to further increase the number of teams involved. "We also have no plans to expand further immediately. In fact I don't foresee an expansion in many, many years to come but then you never know."

The IPL will now feature 10 teams and - if the current format is retained - a total of 94 games, from the existing 60. After the first season in 2008, the league has already expanded its reach to other centres such as Cuttack, Ahmedabad, Nagpur and Dharamsala.

The franchise auction process was to have been completed on March 7 but was postponed by two weeks after the bidders and the BCCI objected to stiff financial clauses.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • carolindian on March 25, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    pls pls pls dont take sree santh in the kerala team.....you wont have fans even in you home town.

  • on March 24, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    kochi coming to ROCK IPL............................. The came true

  • prince_of_cochin on March 24, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    The answer to my previous 3 questions is the town of Tripunithura in Kochi suburbs. The one day format of cricket was inevnted here by a group of princes of the erstwhile Cochin Royal Family. The person who led the group was popularly known as Kelammavan (Kelappan Thampuran). Since he was not interesting in marketing, but more on cricket, he did not become famous.

  • prince_of_cochin on March 24, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    It was great to see Kochi get an IPL team. Thanks to all the people behind that move. Pune should not have been in the list of cities for auction and people should have pointed that out before auction. Because it was sure that any bidder with common sense will go for Pune only. But if they got it, let it be. Gujarathis, do not worry, as Telegraph reported, 50% of Kochi team is sponsored by Gujarathis. Kochi have always welcomed and enjoyed good relationship with Gujarathis for over 5 centuries now. So, keep patience Gujarathis, let us support Kochi. Next time, I am sure Ahemedabad or Baroda will have a team. Then about history of Cricket in Kerala. It is true Kerala is predominantly a football state. But let me ask you some questions Where was the first One Day cricket Tournament Conducted in the World? Where is the oldest One Day tournament still being conducted in the World? Where was teh 45\50 over a side game for One Day matches first introduced in the World? Thank you

  • Cafire on March 23, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    I'm so disappointed with the city selections..... Already 3 teams from south then why Kochi? Mumbai indians r there for maharastra then why pune? Is it the nice way for developing cricket in domestics? I have expected the citys from Gujarat and MP or UP..... But the money and power plays a big role in the bid..... Already 60match season is more confusing one.... When it increased to 94 then there wil be lot of confusions in remembering the match details.....

  • on March 23, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    i think ahmedabad should have been selected instead of pune since the inclusion of pune means that maharastra would have two teams which i believe is unfair.

  • cricket_wins on March 23, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    This is only a good proposition if we move away from "international" matches into "inter-franchise or inter-club" matches, a la football. Why can't we think of emulating the greatest sport? Money is the key, as are viewership and stadium audience - all of which the IPL guarantees.

    The biggest thing they must do something about, is to address the issue of "how to showcase emerging talent". But I have spoken to my friends who are fringe players on IPL and they say it's tough to even get a match, leave alone performing in them.

  • Maverick79 on March 22, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    @crickesh Let me rephrase it ...... how many IPL locals (meaning apart from the foreigners obviously and Indian national players (regulars) before the birth of IPL) are playing for India today ? Modi said there is no recession in IPL. With the money involved it wouldn't be a surprise if Modi turns out to be the Indian version of Lehman Brothers. LOL

  • inswing on March 22, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    Ahmadabad has a population of 35 lakh (in 2001), with no other team in Gujarat. Pune has population of 25 lakh, with one team already present in the same state. It makes no sense to have no team in A'bad. That said, Modi is not "giving" teams to cities, people are bidding for particular cities. There were several bids for A'bad but not as high as Kochi and Pune. Even Modi was surprised at the bid amounts, which should tell you something. There is no way on earth that Pune (and several other IPL teams) break even in the next ten years. You pay 17 crore for the name, and several crores to buy the players. How much do they get from TV rights and tickets, and how many products do the TV advertises paying that amount have to sell to make that much profit?

  • virgostar on March 22, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    Hows "God's Own Eleven" for the Team Name?

  • carolindian on March 25, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    pls pls pls dont take sree santh in the kerala team.....you wont have fans even in you home town.

  • on March 24, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    kochi coming to ROCK IPL............................. The came true

  • prince_of_cochin on March 24, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    The answer to my previous 3 questions is the town of Tripunithura in Kochi suburbs. The one day format of cricket was inevnted here by a group of princes of the erstwhile Cochin Royal Family. The person who led the group was popularly known as Kelammavan (Kelappan Thampuran). Since he was not interesting in marketing, but more on cricket, he did not become famous.

  • prince_of_cochin on March 24, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    It was great to see Kochi get an IPL team. Thanks to all the people behind that move. Pune should not have been in the list of cities for auction and people should have pointed that out before auction. Because it was sure that any bidder with common sense will go for Pune only. But if they got it, let it be. Gujarathis, do not worry, as Telegraph reported, 50% of Kochi team is sponsored by Gujarathis. Kochi have always welcomed and enjoyed good relationship with Gujarathis for over 5 centuries now. So, keep patience Gujarathis, let us support Kochi. Next time, I am sure Ahemedabad or Baroda will have a team. Then about history of Cricket in Kerala. It is true Kerala is predominantly a football state. But let me ask you some questions Where was the first One Day cricket Tournament Conducted in the World? Where is the oldest One Day tournament still being conducted in the World? Where was teh 45\50 over a side game for One Day matches first introduced in the World? Thank you

  • Cafire on March 23, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    I'm so disappointed with the city selections..... Already 3 teams from south then why Kochi? Mumbai indians r there for maharastra then why pune? Is it the nice way for developing cricket in domestics? I have expected the citys from Gujarat and MP or UP..... But the money and power plays a big role in the bid..... Already 60match season is more confusing one.... When it increased to 94 then there wil be lot of confusions in remembering the match details.....

  • on March 23, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    i think ahmedabad should have been selected instead of pune since the inclusion of pune means that maharastra would have two teams which i believe is unfair.

  • cricket_wins on March 23, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    This is only a good proposition if we move away from "international" matches into "inter-franchise or inter-club" matches, a la football. Why can't we think of emulating the greatest sport? Money is the key, as are viewership and stadium audience - all of which the IPL guarantees.

    The biggest thing they must do something about, is to address the issue of "how to showcase emerging talent". But I have spoken to my friends who are fringe players on IPL and they say it's tough to even get a match, leave alone performing in them.

  • Maverick79 on March 22, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    @crickesh Let me rephrase it ...... how many IPL locals (meaning apart from the foreigners obviously and Indian national players (regulars) before the birth of IPL) are playing for India today ? Modi said there is no recession in IPL. With the money involved it wouldn't be a surprise if Modi turns out to be the Indian version of Lehman Brothers. LOL

  • inswing on March 22, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    Ahmadabad has a population of 35 lakh (in 2001), with no other team in Gujarat. Pune has population of 25 lakh, with one team already present in the same state. It makes no sense to have no team in A'bad. That said, Modi is not "giving" teams to cities, people are bidding for particular cities. There were several bids for A'bad but not as high as Kochi and Pune. Even Modi was surprised at the bid amounts, which should tell you something. There is no way on earth that Pune (and several other IPL teams) break even in the next ten years. You pay 17 crore for the name, and several crores to buy the players. How much do they get from TV rights and tickets, and how many products do the TV advertises paying that amount have to sell to make that much profit?

  • virgostar on March 22, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    Hows "God's Own Eleven" for the Team Name?

  • shloksmart on March 22, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    i am from mumbai and also like pune a lot kochi was a good selection but i feel that instead of pune there should have been gujarat or mp or jammu

  • Maverick79 on March 22, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    @crickesh Being selected for India and playing for India is like day and night for youngsters. Can you name a few whose playing consistently for India in international matches who new when IPL started ? I can name one for sure which is Jadeja. I'd say he makes into the team when India plays at home. For all those of you who watches only cricket will see as IPL a big thing. Not for those who watches other sport like European Soccer, American Football or Baseball. These were money spinners since a decade or two. IPL can only be related to those. Not the other way. You don't need to fight with your wife/boss to say something that makes common sense. Or atleast you should be able to make out between what's copied and what's something new. Franchisees have risk loosing money but not the copy cat whose just a middle man. Regarding the person who compared Bolton and Manchester(derby or whatever). You have to compare the size of the countries. I'm from Kerala. Do i have a reason to cry? No

  • TwitterJitter on March 22, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    I hope people would stop using the word "selection". It is not selected by BCCI. It is the city which got the second highest bid from the franchisees from a short list of cities which have necessary infrastructure. There is a difference. One is forced top down. Other is picked by people who want to pay the money for it. For some of the commenters here, the first approach would lead them to call BCCI "dictator" and the 2nd approach will lead them to call "greedy". They just want BCCI to sit in one corner and keep begging all the time. Then these same commenters can call them "incompetent" and "shameless". I would rather them be called the first two than the last two.

  • on March 22, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    WOW!! This is an AMAZIN News!!

  • amit1807kuwait on March 22, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Just to put things in perspective here - US$ 370 million corresponds to Rs. 1739 crores. Now thats BIG money. And to think that the franchise owners expect to recover their investment and make profits out of this is mind-boggling.

  • King_Viv on March 22, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Congratulations Pune and Kochi. I'm very happy that Kerala has a reason to cheer as they are often forgotten when it comes to cricket and need to develop an infrastructure for youth talent. As for Gujrat, Modi ensures that Ahmedabad, Baroda and Rajkot get an unfair chunk of the BCCI's takings every year by scheduling match after match there (ahead of Eden Gardens). Given its dry status, foreign teams hate playing there and the Gujju franchise would never attract foreign fans. Pune is geographically close to Mumbai but in reality it is a world away, so its fan base will be very different, much like Bolton Wanderers has a different fan base to Man United despite Bolton effectively being a Manchester commuter town.

  • royalbob on March 22, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    I was very suprised with Kochi selection but looks like keralites are happy so i don't want to be negative.But i have a name suggestion Arabia Appams:).Kochi team will have huge expat NRI support,they can play some of their home matches in Gulf.

    I can understabnd not giving a team to bimaru states like UP and MP but Seriously why Gujarat was not given a team is beyond my logic.Gujarat got money,grounds and huge expact supporters etc etc.Very bad Mr.Lalit Modi.

  • YusuF_Sukhsari on March 22, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    I am Very Disaapinted as Pune has beeen selected against Gujarat. I think Gujarat should have been Given More Importance Compared to Pune. There are already Three Players From Gujarat (Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan & Parthiv Patel) played International Matches. & There is not even Single player From Pune. While There is already Mumbai Indians From Maharashtra while there is no team from Gujarat as yet. Well No Worries, I m a Big fan of Cricket & will Keep watching Matches but still I hope to see any team from Gujarat in Upcoming IPL.

  • nmdasaya on March 22, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    i think having ten teams is not practicl people wll get fed up watchin cricket.there wil be more than 75 matche & i think it is toooo much.And this will kil inetrest in game in the future

  • crickesh on March 22, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    @ Maverick79 Your question: In three years since it started how many locals have made it to the Indian team? I thought all the players made to Indian time in past three years are all locals!!! ;-))

    What happened?? fight with Wife/Boss?? Take deep breath ... "All izz Well" ;-)

  • PratikN on March 22, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    The new stadium is under construction and this stadium has been designed by a UK based firm Hopkins Architects.

    The Maharashtra Cricket Association in West India has now commissioned Hopkins Architects to design a new 55,000 seat stadium in Pune near Mumbai.

    Check the official site for the details.

    http://www.hopkins.co.uk/projects/_3,135/

  • rockyreckless on March 22, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    I think IPL should have allowed atleast two more teams to be auctioned along with the recently inducted teams. That would have allowed to take total number of teams to 12, a complete, round figure. Probably, Modi is smart enough to save the "dozen" for IPL 5. Given the moolah that BCCI has raked for IPL 4, I am sure an auction for IPL5 for new teams will surpass IPL4's record. No teams from Gujrat & UP. That is a shame. Given, the amount of corporate sponsors we had (Videocon, Adani Group, etc, etc), this comes as a big surprise.

  • Knightriders_suck on March 22, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Bring on the derby... Mumbai Vs Pune.

  • seejith on March 22, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    Bringing Kochi into IPL is good. This will expose few talents from kerala. The number of players that made to Indian cric team from Kerala is tooo small. This mite open up few gates..good luck guys :)

  • avkris on March 22, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    well well this auction for d new teams provided a bigger surprise than any of d IPL matches themselves. Kochi came from out of the blue!! I had given up all hopes and thought the auction was just a formality and wanted to know only who will be the owners rather than the cities as Ahmedabad & Pune were 99.9% assured. But, this is such a shocking pleasant surprise for us "CRICKET STARVED KOCHIITES" n keraliites. we hardly get an international match here once in 2-3 years despite having the "2nd LARGEST STADIUM" in the country (close to 85000 capacity) after Eden Gardens. For all those skeptics, the keraliites love sports, be it football or cricket. People comes in droves hours before the matches here like in any part of the country and it won't be different for IPL too. As for Ahmedabad, u guys atleast have Rajasthan Royals' home games there to watch. I would have been satisfied if there was something similar here too (like RCB or CSK matches). As for a name i wud put it KOCHI WARRIORS!

  • on March 22, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Really happy to hear that Kochi/Kerala is also one of the new IPL Franchisee.... I would like to congratulate Mr. Shashi Tharoor and the whole team for their effort behind it...

  • DattatreyaHeroor on March 22, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    Its nice to hear that Kochi has a team to represent in IPL. However, its really surprising and sad that Pune was chosen over other cities in the bid. When Maharastra already had Mumbai Indians representing from the state, I think IPL should have chosen Ahmedabad/Rajot/Baroda, Kanpur, Dharamsala, Cuttack, and Indore/Gwalior. This would have given a chance to develop other state cricket associations, not just MCA (Maharastra Cricket Association). I think its really high time that cricket moves out of metros. There is no doubt now that the Shrad Pawar and company had an influence on selection Pune as new team. In my view 2 cities from Ahmadabad, Kanpur, Dharmasala and Cuttack should have been good and appriciablel selection. Hope BCCI and IPL understand spreading Cricket in India rather than just concentrating in Maharastra.

  • Ilin on March 22, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    pune??????????what??????? now they will make noida or gurgaon the attached cities in delhi and then they will go for navi mumbai or new mumbai or even thane or virar......lol. c'mon man whats goin on?atleast ahmedabad or kanpur was much better ask.give some gap in the cities.........!

  • on March 22, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    Really happy to hear that Kochi/Kerala is also one of the new IPL Franchisee.... I would like to congratulate Mr. Shashi Tharoor and the whole team for their effort behind it...

  • nihcas on March 22, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    Name Suggetions for Pune Team: "PUNE PESHWAS" or "PUNE MARATHAS"

  • dpathak on March 22, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    Shame on Greedy Modi!! There were 3 cities from Gujarat (A'bad, Baroda, Rajkot) and yet, Maharashtra got its second team!! ICL went by regions to have a true diversity but IPL goes by MONEY. There is only one difference between ICL and IPL, which is C and P: ICL was formed for Cricket and IPL is for Paisa (money)!! I sincerely hope this commercialization does not affect professionalism.

  • sarath_4616 on March 22, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    its a good decision as for kerala cricketers and youngsters.. but the biggest question is to fix a captain... i hope thers is nobody from the Indian team who is left out to take charge?? does anybody have any opinion??

  • TATTUs on March 22, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    @maveric79

    you hit the nail on the head.!!!

    all who are going gaga over kochi.....just think ....cool down and think deep with all the facts ...before jumping like pingpongs....

  • Dr_Samir on March 21, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    They should buy Sreesanth, and make him captain of Kochi! Lol. Would be even funnier if Sreesanth was captaining Harbhajan, Symonds and Hayden. I think they would probabaly end up killing each other.

  • JaisonPaul on March 21, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    Go Kochi go... It could be named "King Kerala" but no "Cobras" please! That reminds of "Indian snake charmers", which is not good for Kerala's image.

  • SIDDIQUEDESAI on March 21, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    congrates pune and kochi,new franchises of IPL,but i really hate lalit modi he is using ahmedabad for only economy,why he not gave franchise to gujarat ? He had to give it......he makes statism and partiality ,when maharashtra had already MUMBAI INDIANS then what need to give franchise to pune ?

  • adam_clone on March 21, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Aliyaa Kidu !!!

  • Maverick79 on March 21, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    He's(Modi & BCCI) just started this IPL thing seeing(copying) Europen League Soccer. Created a position for himself as commissioner(who gets to do the inauguration mostly). What for was this done? Just to make money. Why is it a huge hit with international players ? Coz they also get to make real good money. What benefit is it for franchisees ? Obviously profit (Not sure when). Money everywhere. What prompted start of IPL ? From ICL (many would ask now what's that?). ICL's now down in the dumbs. What for was ICL started? To improve Indian cricket after the disastrous World Cup 2007 performance. So whats IPL done to Indian Cricket ? God Knows. How many local talents have it created ? In three years since it started how many locals have made it to the Indian team? One thing that we all get to see in these matches are Bollywood stars praying for these teams (the ones they own or support) to win. Wonder if they ever did that or even bother going to the stadium to watch when India played?

  • pravinkh on March 21, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    Ahhh this is awsome cricket matches in Kochi!!!! I wont be surprised if kochi has its hom matches in AbuDhabi or Sharja as majority of the population there consists of mallus.

  • cjhershal on March 21, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Is it possibl tht Team Cochin can be named " Arabian Knights "....jus wondering...

  • on March 21, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Is the Kochi team going to be called Appam IX ?

  • xylo on March 21, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    . "My role consisted only of encouraging and blessing the venture, and steering it to Kerala," he told Cricinfo. - proves that it was a fair process.

  • on March 21, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    it's good to hav new teams.but increasing the no. of games to 94 is ridiculous.instead there should have 2 groups & less no. of games.also there will be only 3 teams out of 10 from north-east,BAD news for fan across these area...

  • RamooKala on March 21, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    I just hate Modi simple is that. u look at him at say this man is born as a greedy. Shame on you Modi for making Ahmedabad out from IPL.

  • Visakh51 on March 21, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Waw Waw! big surprise to see Kochi being one among the IPL Franchisee.I had no hope since Priyadarshan and Mohanlal had backed off.Just hope that its the beginning of a new Cricket era in Kerala.Just can't wait to see live matches at Kochi .But still i doubt how many Kerala boys will make it to the team since i really wonder the standard of our local lads to play in the international T20(no offenses meant).Anyway i hope we make a really good team.Aren't the Kerala boys going to listen to the IPL auctions 2011.

  • on March 21, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    keral's strike is gonna affect ipl at kochi

  • on March 21, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    WOW WELCOME COCHI..HOPE WE GET GOOD PLAYERS AND AMINS FOR COCHI. CONGRATS SHASHI TAROOR FOR HIS EFFORTS...

  • on March 21, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    well its fantastic literally now i m happy only for one thing that though i will reamin a kkr supporter the support of mumbai indians from pune will be absorbed by pune team the new stadium at ghunje is best

  • Pratik_L on March 21, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Congrats to Kochi and Pune!!! I am happy for the cricket loving fans of these two cities.. I feel Ahmedabad and a center in U.P( kanpu) or M.P( Indore-Gwallior) would had made more sense but looks like it's all about money..and the highest biders win and not common sense.. I feel bad about gujarat...with all the money and backing of Mr. Modi still could not get a franchise.. Rajasthan Royals have ahmedabad as their home ground. facilites are great.. huge cricket fan base..3 international grounds in Gujarat.. may be Ahemadabad will get lukcy in 3 more years :)

  • on March 21, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Awesome.. Pune was expected, but Kochi!! Good to see that even Kerala Has a Team and Maharashtra has 2 teams for ipl, some hw i agree with amit that there should have been a team from Gujrat instead of Pune, I gues they can get more crowd than Pune, But mind u Amit, Kerala People r Die hard cricket Lovers, so its a good move to get a cricket team from kochi. Good Luck Pune Good Luck Kochi! :) Cheers

  • SurajSree on March 21, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Congrats to Pune and Kochi. Just like any other cricket fan from the state, I am over the moon to hear that Kochi is into the big league of IPL. I just hope the local boys use this wonderful platform to showcase their talent and entertain many a cricket fans like me. All the very best.

  • on March 21, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    It is thrilling to here that Kochi bagged a spot in IPL. Congratulates to all who were behind the effort. No doubt that Kochi can provide a huge and committed fan-base. Best wishes!

  • cricktah on March 21, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Its a very smart move by Lalit Modi to state that no new teams will be added in the near future. This will ensure that existing team owners are able to sell their stake at a higher price, resulting in a higher valuation for the current teams and the league itself. However, I suspect that a couple of new teams will be added as early as 2012.

  • madhav11 on March 21, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    wlecome kocihi and pune to ipl 2011 hope u do well ... from a big fan of sachin tendulkar

  • on March 21, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Instead of having two teams from the same state within 100 miles of each other, a slot could have gone to Gujrat or one of other Indian states. In financial terms and fanbase, I think Mumbai Indians and the new Pune team has to compete on a shared pool.

  • Kushh on March 21, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Pune Panthers & Kochi Kryptonites

  • on March 21, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    pune....i am not so sure......should have selected a team from Noth east...Pune is to close to Mumbai as it is

  • shahhiravj on March 21, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    I m very upset about kochi... it should be Ahmedabad instead of it....

    There are lots of players like Parthiv, Munag, Irfan, Yusuf, Ravindra Jadeja, Pujara, Sid. Trivedi, Pinal shah are playing IPL...

    It can be the one of strongest Team.... I dont undestand why ADANI group sit down with few crores...

    It's bad luck for him and Gujarat also... I am very dis appointment...

    in last match of RR v/s KKR there were 40000+ people were in grounf at 4'o clock in afternoon with highest hottest city with 43 celcious...

    you can imagine cricket fever of ahmedabad...

    Specially i am very disappoint :(

  • amitksingh on March 21, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Pune n Kochi, good but it would have excellent to add a new team from gujrat, cuz for southern india there are already teams RCB and CSK. The incresing intrest of Modi (cm GUJRAT), N officially president of gujrat cricket association. He could have made a team or inspired some corporates to take a team for baroda or ahmdabad. As we know how Narendra Modi is doing rapid industrial growth in gujrat. Just think about a team owned by TATA group in gujrat (which forced to leave its NANO plant from WEST bengal). Just think about a match between KKR and new Modi team owned by RATAN TATA, a corporate leader most close to every indian. DESH KA NAMAK desh ki team, but ... its not there. Hope kochi n pune will do good for IPL and make it more popular.

  • manikg1978 on March 21, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    Welcome Kochi & Pune. Have a wonderfull time from 2011.

    From the fan of CSK.

  • Dr.Mohit on March 21, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Its pretty sad that big states like Gujarat and UP don't have teams.. Just hope that "Gujarat being a dry state" wasn't the decisive deterrent for bidders from opting for Ahmedabad..

  • SajinVarghese on March 21, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    i am delighted to hear that Kochi is also one of the new IPL Franchisee,kudos to their owners for selecting Kochi..further..a frenetic youth obsessed in Cricket have their own taste of IPL despite not a strong contender state in Indian domestic cricket..

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  • SajinVarghese on March 21, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    i am delighted to hear that Kochi is also one of the new IPL Franchisee,kudos to their owners for selecting Kochi..further..a frenetic youth obsessed in Cricket have their own taste of IPL despite not a strong contender state in Indian domestic cricket..

  • Dr.Mohit on March 21, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Its pretty sad that big states like Gujarat and UP don't have teams.. Just hope that "Gujarat being a dry state" wasn't the decisive deterrent for bidders from opting for Ahmedabad..

  • manikg1978 on March 21, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    Welcome Kochi & Pune. Have a wonderfull time from 2011.

    From the fan of CSK.

  • amitksingh on March 21, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Pune n Kochi, good but it would have excellent to add a new team from gujrat, cuz for southern india there are already teams RCB and CSK. The incresing intrest of Modi (cm GUJRAT), N officially president of gujrat cricket association. He could have made a team or inspired some corporates to take a team for baroda or ahmdabad. As we know how Narendra Modi is doing rapid industrial growth in gujrat. Just think about a team owned by TATA group in gujrat (which forced to leave its NANO plant from WEST bengal). Just think about a match between KKR and new Modi team owned by RATAN TATA, a corporate leader most close to every indian. DESH KA NAMAK desh ki team, but ... its not there. Hope kochi n pune will do good for IPL and make it more popular.

  • shahhiravj on March 21, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    I m very upset about kochi... it should be Ahmedabad instead of it....

    There are lots of players like Parthiv, Munag, Irfan, Yusuf, Ravindra Jadeja, Pujara, Sid. Trivedi, Pinal shah are playing IPL...

    It can be the one of strongest Team.... I dont undestand why ADANI group sit down with few crores...

    It's bad luck for him and Gujarat also... I am very dis appointment...

    in last match of RR v/s KKR there were 40000+ people were in grounf at 4'o clock in afternoon with highest hottest city with 43 celcious...

    you can imagine cricket fever of ahmedabad...

    Specially i am very disappoint :(

  • on March 21, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    pune....i am not so sure......should have selected a team from Noth east...Pune is to close to Mumbai as it is

  • Kushh on March 21, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Pune Panthers & Kochi Kryptonites

  • on March 21, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Instead of having two teams from the same state within 100 miles of each other, a slot could have gone to Gujrat or one of other Indian states. In financial terms and fanbase, I think Mumbai Indians and the new Pune team has to compete on a shared pool.

  • madhav11 on March 21, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    wlecome kocihi and pune to ipl 2011 hope u do well ... from a big fan of sachin tendulkar

  • cricktah on March 21, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Its a very smart move by Lalit Modi to state that no new teams will be added in the near future. This will ensure that existing team owners are able to sell their stake at a higher price, resulting in a higher valuation for the current teams and the league itself. However, I suspect that a couple of new teams will be added as early as 2012.