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Staggering Amounts For New IPL Teams Has Cricket Fraternity In Awe

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By IANS News
October 26, 2021 • 10:55 AM View: 656

The cricket world reacted with surprise and awe at the staggering amount bid for the two new teams in the India Premier League (IPL), acknowledging that the Indian league has cemented its place as the most successful T20 event in the world.

Even as the other IPL franchises welcomed teams from Ahmedabad and Lucknow to the IPL after RPSG Ventures Ltd. and Irelia Company Pte Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) won the ownership rights for the two teams. The RPSG Ventures Ltd. were awarded Lucknow as their home base with a winning bid of a whopping IRs 7090 crore. CVC Capital Partners took Ahmedabad as its home base with a second-highest bid of Rs 5625 crore.

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BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had set the ball rolling by commenting on the monies bid for the two teams and soon others followed suit.

"It is heartening to see the inclusion of two new teams at such a high valuation, and it reiterates the cricketing and financial strength of our cricket ecosystem," Ganguly said.

Former Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne summed up the mood of the cricket world in his tweet welcoming the two teams.

Former England spinner Monty Panesar poked at the Glazer family, owner of the English club Manchester United, on finishing third in the bidding war, equating it with their team's 5-0 thrashing at the hands of archrivals Liverpool on Sunday.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan saw IPL as the most powerful aspect of the game.

Aakash Chopra said the valuation of the new teams has taken the IPL to a whole new level. 

Former India pacer and current selector RP Singh termed it as a great day for Indian cricket. 

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With each team playing seven home and away matches, there was a lot of speculation on how the format will be run, the total duration of the tournament, and the retention policy ahead of the mega auction.


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