The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri has confirmed that the suspended teams of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royal (RR) will return in the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
CSK and RR were suspended for 2 years by IPL governing committee after both the franchises failed to give their financial clearances.
As per the reports in Dainik Jagran, Mr. Johri has also made it clear that current participating teams of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions will not be a part of the tournament from next year. He even remarked that more fan parks will be introduced next year to expand the popularity of the tournament.
“The ban on Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will be lifted next year. Therefore, both teams will return in the next edition of the IPL. The BCCI is in no mood to increase the number of teams in the IPL. Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will replace Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions in the next edition of the IPL. To increase the popularity of IPL in small towns and cities, fan parks will be created in such areas. Every match of the IPL is viewed by 20 lakhs people online,” quoted BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.