Thursday 12 November 2020 1:57 PM UTC
By A Staff Reporter
KOCHI Nov 12: Is there a new team from Kerala for the next IPL? Rumours suggest that Mohanlal’s trip to Dubai has some links with Kerala getting their own IPL team from the next season.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that negotiations over the ownership of the new IPL team are in full swing for the next IPL season.
It is reported that Mohanlal is trying for an IPL team based in Kerala. It has been reported that the IPL team will be formed with Baiju, the current sponsor of the Indian cricket team and the owner of Baiju’s App.
The BCCI Board and IPL officials were in Mumbai on the final day of the IPL. It was on this occasion that Mohanlal arrived in Dubai to watch the IPL final.
There are indications that this was for discussions related to the new IPL team. Madhavan, head of Asianet and Star India, was also in Dubai.
Following the IPL final, the BCCI has hinted that a new franchise may be added next season. The BCCI has also asked franchisees to prepare for the mega star auction before the 2021 season.
Currently, there are eight teams in the IPL. The move is to present one or two more teams in addition to these.
Meanwhile, a new Ahmedabad-based team owned by Karan Adani, the son of big businessman Gautam Adani, is under consideration. The Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, built by the Gujarat Cricket Association as the largest cricket stadium in the world, will be the home ground of the new team.
The BCCI’s move to introduce a new team to the IPL is also part of efforts to overcome the financial crisis created by the Covid pandemic.
The demand for a Kerala-based team to fill the vacancy of Kochi Tuskers has been high since the beginning. Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram are currently the venues for international cricket matches.
The popularity of the matches in these places, the cricket admiration of the Malayalees and the new talents are strengthening the need for a team of its own.
CLICK TO FOLLOW UKMALAYALEE.COM