The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is gearing up to welcome two of its oldest franchises and the most iconic teams in IPL back into the league.
As per the report by The Times of India, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) will be returning to the league on the same day of ‘Invitation to Tender’ (ITT) for media rights that will be auctioned at the end of this ongoing IPL season.
The two-time league winners, CSK (2010 and 2011) and the first season champions, RR were suspended by the supreme court for two years (2016 and 2017) because of their involvement in spot-fixing.
Reports state that team CSK is making grand plans for their return to the league and are also planning an event which will be themed around the franchise’s massive fan base. Former CSK skipper, MS Dhoni who led the team successfully for eight long years will go back being a part of the team immediately after this year’s season. However, it’s not confirmed that whether he will again lead the team or not.
On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals are in talks with a leading corporate that already has a stake in the IPL. This means that the Rajasthan team may return to next year’s IPL season with a new co-owner and possibly with a new name.