IPL 2020 schedule- The upcoming season of the world’s most richest cricket league will promise to be more thrilling for the fans as the it is confirmed that two more teams will be added to the fray. IPL is the most famous T20 cricket league in the world and with the addition of two new teams, it can become even bigger and better.
In 2011, ten teams participated in the IPL, which included Kochi and Pune franchise teams. After the termination of Kochi Tuskers Kerala, there were nine teams in the next season of 2012-13. The Pune franchise owned by Sahara India Pariwar also got themselves out of the league after 2013, after which there were eight teams again in the league since 2014.
Here are the five cities that may form a new franchise in 2020
Rajkot(Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium)
After the ban of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for 2016-17 season, Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions were the two new franchise formed. The Gujarat franchise owned by Intex Technologies played their home game at the same venue. Many international matches have been played in Rajkot. The 2011 World Cup quarter-final was also played at the venue.
Lucknow(Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana stadium)
Uttar Pradesh is a state which has given many cricketers to the country. According to sources, Lucknow, also called the city of Nawabs, is also in the line of contention to get an IPL franchise. It is being speculated that the businessmen of Kanpur and Lucknow are eager to buy the IPL team in 2020.
A Ranji trophy clash between Andhra and Hyderabad was the first match hosted by the stadium in December 2016. The stadium also hosted a T20 International between India and West Indies last year.
Pune(Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium)
Rising Pune Supergiant played their home games at the stadium in 2016-17 season. The stadium also hosted the final of 2017 season which was eventually won by Mumbai Indians after thumping the home favourites- Pune Warriors India in a closely contested clash.
Ranchi(Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium)
Ranchi is the home to former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Many international matches have also been played in Ranchi’s newly build stadium. The TATA group can show their interest to form a new IPL franchise in the capital town.
Kochi (Jawaharlal Nehru stadium)
Kochi Tuskers Kerala played their home matches at the venue in 2011 IPL season. According to sources, once again the franchises can invest money and form a franchise in the port city.
IPL 2020 schedule
The IPL governing council has not yet released the schedule for the upcoming season, however the league will be played from March to May, like the previous season.
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