IPL 2021: It’s not even 2021 and people are going ga-ga over IPL 2021, but why?

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The Dream 11 Indian Premier League 2020, which was held in the United Arab Emirates behind closed-doors during to the pandemic outbreak, finally comes to an end with defending champions, Mumbai Indians clinching their fifth title.

RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. MOBILE USE WITHIN NEWS PACKAGE Chennai Super Kings players celebrate with the trophy after winning the IPL 2011. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

But, as soon as the IPL 2020 reached its end, rumours regarding IPL 2021 has started spreading like forest-fire. As per the sources, the rumour is that, IPL 2021 may be played with nine times. Reports say, the new franchise will be from Gujarat, specifically Ahmedabad.

Mumbai Indians’ star player, Ishan Kishan does a first bump with Ravi Ashwin of Delhi Capitals.

After the Ahmedabad stadium was announced as the largest cricket stadium in the world, BCCI has taken the decision that, the biggest stadium can’t be left just like that. So, in order to let the Ahmedabad stands witness some live cricketing action, a new Gujarat franchise will be made and for that, BCCI might be hosting an IPL auction which is sought to be for IPL 2021.

IPL 2021 will be planned for 9 teams?
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody speak at a press conference for the Indian Premier League Auction

Now it can be a mega auction or a mini auction. This auction will not only help to make up the team for the new Gujarat franchise for IPL 2021 but also will provide room for the other franchises to alter the teams for the next season. Amongst all, Chennai Super Kings is expected to go through a quite required alteration process after their surprising exit from the IPL 2020 without even reaching the playoffs.

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni arrives along with his teammates at the airport to take a flight to Dubai from Chennai on August 21, 2020 (Photo by – / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Infact, another question which readily adds up to the miseries of cricket fans across the country is that, how can IPL 2021 be played with an odd sum of teams? Does that mean another team that is a tenth team will also be added to the festival of cricket? Well, the answers to these questions are expected by the end of this year. Predominantly, just like the old franchise Gujrat Lions, Suresh Raina is in talks to captain the new Gujarat franchise.

Suresh Raina in action for Chennai Super Kings in IPL.

Till now, no other reports are available from the sources and the only job we can do is to wait for any further announcements that is expected to be made by BCCI soon.

Dipro Mukherjee
18. Calcutta. Sagittarius. Sports Columnist.

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