GUJARAT LIONS owner Keshav Bansal has clearly stated that his franchise and Rising Pune Supergiant will make way for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for IPL’s 11th edition in 2018.
Speaking to Cricbuzz, Bansal cleared all rumours and stated that IPL 11 will not have ten franchises competing with each other.
"As we speak today, the contract states that the two new teams Pune and Gujarat will go out, so that's the fact of the matter. When we bought the team, it was very clear that we will be buying it only for two years and after two years, these two teams will go out and the other two will come back, so that's the way it is."
Bansal did not hold himself back while conceding that he would love to continue his franchise’s association with the IPL, if given a chance.
"For sure, the intention is there. When we bought the team it was a different scenario, today it's a different scenario, I'm quite attached to IPL personally and professionally both so I think the economics and all the other factors should be feasible, so given a chance we would love to (continue)."
Recently, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri had also confirmed that Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will be making a comeback to the cash-rich league in the next edition.
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