IPL-9 to begin on April 9, 2016; Pune, Rajkot to replace CSK, Royals

IPL-2016 Shashank Manohar (C), head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), BCCI honorary secretary Anurag Thakur (R) and Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla (L) attend a press conference in New Delhi | AFP

The ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2016 will be held from April 9 to May 29 and would welcome two new franchises, Pune and Rajkot, in place of the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, it was announced on Tuesday.

The Pune franchise was bought by Kolkata-based businessman Sanjiv Goenka's company New Rising. Intex Mobiles won the Rajkot franchise bid. Goenka will pay Rs 16 crore per year for two years to BCCI. Intex Mobiles will shell out Rs 10 crore for the period.

The base price was pegged at Rs 40 crore for the franchisees by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

A reverse bidding process was employed for the selling of the teams and the bidders were stipulated to quote an amount less than Rs 40 crore. The lowest bidder won the right for the franchises.

The BCCI is set to gain more than Rs 360 crore, according to board president Shashank Manohar.

"What we had calculated was that BCCI pays the franchises approximately Rs 70 crore first year out of the central revenue and next year it would be Rs 75 crore. So that makes it Rs 145 crore for one team. Now that Rs.145 crore is going to be safe because these two franchisees are not accepting that central revenue. Plus they are paying us Rs 25 crore. So Rs 50 crore (across two years) more. That is the simple calculation," Manohar said at the media conference here.

The interim franchisees can opt to retain the cricketers of CSK and RR through a draft system.

The cricketers will be divided into two groups of capped and uncapped and the top names will be sold through the draft system. The two new teams will have a minimum of Rs 40 crore and a maximum of Rs 66 crore to buy players.

The draft pick will be held on December 15. Pune will pick the players first. The IPL auction for the rest of the players will take place on February 6 in Bengaluru.

A franchisee workshop will be held in Srinagar on January 13-14, 2016.

IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla revealed that three more bidders were in the play. They were Harsh Goenka of RPG properties, Chennai-based Chettinad Cement and Axis Clinical.

Shukla said New Rising also had Nagpur as one of its options, for which it bid Rs 11 crore. Intex also bid Rs 10 crore each for Nagpur and Visakhapatnam.

Chettinad quoted Rs 27 crore for Pune and Chennai while RPG bid Rs 17.88 crore for Pune and Rs 20.88 crore for Rajkot. AxisÂ’s bids were Rs 15 crore for Nagpur and Kanpur, and Rs 10 crore for Pune.

Fresh bids for two new IPL franchises arose after CSK and RR were suspeded for two years for the involvement some of their officials and co-owners in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice (retd) R.M. Lodha committee.

Manohar said that there have been no decision on the return of CSK and RR.

"We have not taken a call on it as of now. They stand suspended. Today's winning bidders will exist for two years," Manohar clarified.

The BCCI on Tuesday also declared a cash award of Rs 2 crore for the Indian team for winning 3-0 against World No.1 Test side South Africa in a four-match series that concluded on Monday.

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