BCCI Chief Executive Officer all but confirmed that suspended franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will make a comeback to the Indian Premier League next year. The tainted franchises were suspended thanks to their owners’ involvement in the spot-fixing case. This means that the ongoing edition of the IPL will be the last season for Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant.
According to a Hindi daily, Dainik Jagran, Rahul Johri said that the ban on Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will be lifted next year. He also confirmed that the BCCI is in no mood to increase the number of teams from the next season
“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,” Johri said, who was attending a Fan Park session in Bareilly.
Rajasthan Royals were the champions of the inaugural edition while Chennai Super Kings were crowned champions in 2010 and 2011. They are the most successful franchise in the history of the Indian Premier League, qualifying for the last 4 in all the seasons they were a part of.
With reports about the comeback of the franchises circulating for some time now, Johri officially gave his thumbs up to the news.