BCCI to hold meeting with IPL owners on January 22

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning a meeting with the owners of the Indian Premier League (IPL). To be held on Saturday afternoon, the virtual conclave will discuss the potential venues for the IPL 15, scheduled to start on April 2. There is, however, no confirmation on the timing of the virtual session.

"It was supposed to be tomorrow (January 22) but we have not received confirmation as yet," multiple franchise officials have said stating that they are awaiting a formal communication from the BCCI. Meanwhile, IPL chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed to Cricbuzz that the meeting will, in fact, take place on Saturday.

Among the key points of the agenda is the venue for the next edition of the IPL, and the BCCI will apprise the owners of the planning and the status of the auction. Reports have suggested that South Africa and Sri Lanka are stand-by options but the BCCI and IPL Governing Council officials are set to inform the franchise owners that all efforts are being made to stage the tournament in India itself - with Mumbai and Pune being in their plans.

The key to staging the tournament, justifiably, is the Covid situation in the country. Recent developments have pointed towards flattening of the curve but if the situation is disconcerting or not is a call for the operational wing of the IPL to take. Indications are that the BCCI officials are optimistic of staging the event in India as of now.

Meanwhile, there are discussions if the choice of Bengaluru is the right one for the mega auction on February 12 and 13. At this stage there is no decision whether the auction will be moved out of the southern city but there is a thinking that Mumbai is a better choice.

The only consideration here, one understands, is the fact that a majority of the IPL franchise officials and owners, barring the three teams from down South - Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore - are based in Mumbai and by shifting the auction venue, the travel of a lot people can be avoided. The final decision, however, has not been made.

The other big point is the formal introduction of the owners of the new Ahmedabad and Lucknow teams. Sanjiv Goenka, the proprietor of the Lucknow team, was previously associated with the league, having managed the Pune franchise for a couple of years, but the original eight owners will have the opportunity to meet the Ahmedabad team promoters, who have been largely under the radar so far.

The BCCI has been communicating with Amit Soni and Siddharth Patel, both holding key positions in CVC Capital, over the Ahmedabad franchise matters but there may be new ones joining the meeting as representatives of the new team.

Besides, the deadline for the two new franchises to announce the players they have recruited ends on Saturday and the BCCI may reveal those names.

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