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Lucknow and Ahmedabad were recently selected as the two new teams of Indian Premier League. Why none of the other cities get a chance to feature in the list? Does selection process follows certain type of trend?

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  • Harsh Dikshit 2021-11-21 18:24:28 rate(0)

    The selection of cities is more likely to be based on the companies bidding who would choose the teams.

    Apart from Ahmedabad and Lucknow, the cities shortlisted by the IPL in the bid document were Cuttack, Dharamsala, Guwahati and Indore. Bidders were permitted to pick more than one city but would get the rights to own just one franchise.

    Along with Lucknow, RPSG also put in bids for Ahmedabad and Indore. While it put the same price (INR 7090 crore) for Lucknow and Ahmedabad, it bid INR 4790 crore for Indore.

    CVC picked Ahmedabad and Lucknow and its bid for the latter was INR 5166 crore. Significantly, the minimum bid price raised by all nine bidders was over INR 4000 crore.

    It is understood that the BCCI wanted to allot the winner for each city keeping in mind the highest possible bid combination and hence RPSG got Lucknow and CVC Ahmedabad. If RPSG were allotted Ahmedabad, then the BCCI would have lost over INR 400 crore on Lucknow. In contrast, in 2008 when the IPL started, the BCCI had allowed the bidders to pick their city of choice.

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