The BCCI extended the deadline for acquiring the tender documents for the two new IPL teams by five days to October 10 on Tuesday (September 21). On August 31, the IPL’s Governing Council issued the ‘Invitation to Tender’ (ITT) document after receiving the non-refundable tender fee of Rs 10 lakh. The BCCI had already announced a 50 percent increase in match fees for domestic cricketers affected by tournament cancellations in the 2020-21 season, as well as a raise in their remuneration for the following season.

“Cricketers who played in the 2019-20 Domestic Season will receive a 50% match fee increase as compensation for the season 2020-21 that was wasted due to the COVID-19 scenario,” BCCI general secretary Jay Shah stated in a tweet.

“The BCCI has now decided to extend the date for purchasing the ITT document till October 10, 2021, in response to requests from interested parties,” the BCCI said in a news release. In the 2022 edition, the BCCI intends to add new teams, which could come from Ahmedabad, Lucknow, or Pune.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has always prioritised the development of local infrastructure in order to improve the game in India’s far-flung corners. One of the key reasons for the development of talented cricketers from outside the metros on the national stage is because of this.

The BCCI has been cultivating promising cricketers in such areas to bridge the quality gap with other states, with a special focus on the Northeast. The Justice Lodha panel recommended that the northeastern state units be affiliated with the BCCI in 2018-19, and they were recently awarded Rs 60 crore for the establishment of indoor practise facilities.