Mumbai, Oct 11: The Indian Premier League (IPL) looks all set for a major changes in format from next season with the recent exclusion of Kochi Tuskers.
According to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials, the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League is likely to have nine teams.
The BCCI-initiated IPL's governing council (GC) will restore the "home and away round-robin system", where every team plays the other. This could lead to increase in number of matches compared to last season.
A BCCI Official said, the nest meeting which will be held on friday in hyderabad will discuss the termination of Kochi Tuskers, the numbaer of teams and the format.
Due to the hectic international calendar, IPL 4 had only 74 matches compared to 94 matches in earlier seasons, but this had not gone too well with the franchisees and Broadcasters because earlier projections for IPL-4 had shown higher revenue. Last season, the GC had followed the National Basketball Association format and divided the 10 teams into two groups of five each.
"The teams," says an official "were not happy with the current format of dividing the teams into two groups." BCCI feel that the proposed home and away format is likely to solve all issues in the upcoming edition.
This was also a major bone of contention between the BCCI and Kochi, as the teams only played 14 of the 18 games that had been mentioned in the Invitation to Tender document. The reduced number of matches had prompted the team to seek a 25 per cent waiver.
The reason behind termination of Kochi Tuskers is non-payment of dues. They won the bid of 1,550 crore in 2010, The consortium defaulted on a Rs 156-crore annual payment despite reminders by IPL authorities.
"The board had decided to encash the bank guarantee in its possession because of an "irremediable breach" the Kochi franchise committed. We are also terminating the franchise, BCCI boss N Srinivasan said at the annual general meeting here.
The franchise, on its part, described the termination as wrongful and has moved to court.
The board has informally notified the nine franchisees that the players of Kochi Tuskers would not be part of the trading window between teams. Instead they wold go straight to the auction that is to take place this December and January next year. IPL-5 will begin on April 4, 2012, and conclude on May 27.