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IPL Governing Council meeting will see a discussion about the feasibility of 10 teams: Rajeev Shukla

IPL CHAIRMAN Rajeev Shukla has clearly stated that the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals will make a comeback in the next edition of the cash-rich league. 

Shukla also mentioned that agreement with Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions is set to complete with the conclusion of IPL 10. However, he reckoned that the issue of having 10 teams in IPL will be taken up in the next Governing Council meeting. 

"Next year, as per the Supreme Court order, the two suspended teams would be back. The issue of whether eight or 10 teams, will come up at the IPL GC meeting. So far the plan is to go ahead with eight teams. A 10-team league has to be endorsed by the GC. As of today, no extension is being given to both the teams [RPS and Lions]. The agreement was only for two years. Even if we make it a 10-team league, the two new teams would have to freshly bid for, so they are not being given any extension or anything."

As reported by TOI earlier, the IPL media rights (broadcast/digital/mobile) will be up for grabs after IPL-10  and it would be for five years instead of 10 years. It would also be a walk-in tender process.

"This is an assessment that we should not go for 10 years. After 5 years we don't know what would be the quantum of the league. The COA was in agreement with everything. Each decision taken unanimously." 

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