The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is considering enabling the two new IPL teams to select players outside of the auction process. The change is reportedly being considered in order to provide a level playing field for the newcomers in comparison to the existing eight IPL franchises. After all, before the bidding event, current teams would be able to keep some players.

That benefit will not be available to the two new franchises. As a result, the Indian cricket board is apparently in a position to take this significant step. For the uninitiated, the IPL will expand to ten teams starting next season, with two more teams joining the fray. In addition, a big auction is slated to take place ahead of the IPL 2022 season, with numerous teams undergoing overhauls.

The two new teams may be able to select a few players from the pool of people who have signed up for the auction. While the actual procedure for selecting players has yet to be revealed, notable players will be chosen, and the fee will be agreed upon by both the franchise and the individual.

The number of special picks has yet to be determined, but it is expected to be two or three. The final number will be determined by the number of retentions that the eight current teams are granted. Meanwhile, the BCCI has extended the deadline for selling Invitations to Tender (ITT) by ten days, moving it from October 10 to October 20. The decision appears to have been made in response to a request from some new parties.

The corporation vying for the two new teams must have a turnover of at least INR 3000 crore, according to BCCI rules. Both teams’ bidding will begin at INR 2000 crore. As a result, the BCCI stands to profit handsomely from the tournament expansion.