The ninth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played from April 9 to May 29, 2016 – BCCI president Shashank Manohar confirmed on Tuesday.
Interestingly, the first match will be played just five days after the ICC World Twenty20 final, also to be played in India.
The IPL Governing Council on Tuesday finalised two new bases as IPL franchises for the next two years, replacing Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals who are serving a two-year suspension for the role of their officials in IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.
Intex and Sanjeev Goenka-owned New Rising were the successful bidders for the Rajkot and Pune franchises, respectively, in a revers-bidding process conducted by the IPL Governing Council, after which Manohar addressed the media announcing the IPL-9 dates.
The BCCI president also said the 2016 auction will take place on February 6 next year. “The IPL player auction will be held in Bangalore on February 6,” he confirmed.
The two new teams will have a minimum of Rs 40 crore and a maximum of Rs 66 crore to buy their players.
However, before the auction next year, there will be an IPL Players Draft on December 15, where the two new franchises will picked among the top 5 capped and uncapped players each from among the squads of the suspended CSK and RR franchises.
As per rules of the tender document, which was floated to invite bids for the two new franchises, Goenka’s Pune will have the first right to pick a player from the Draft since they submitted the lowest bid of -16 crore compared to Intex’s -10 crore.
Manohar also disclosed the added revenue BCCI will make by roping in two new franchises. “The two new bids will increase BCCI’s revenue by Rs. 360 cr over the next two years,” the president said.
Manohar also announced a cash award of Rs. 2 crore for Team India’s Test series win over South Africa.