IPL 9 to have Pune and Rajkot as new franchises: Twitter Reactions

Pune and Rajkot have been declared as venues of two new franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL) season nine after the Sanjeev Goenka-owned New Rising consortium and mobile phone manufacturer Intex won their ownership rights. New Rising will have Pune as their home base, while Intex have opted for Rajkot.

The new franchises were chosen through a reverse bidding process, in which the New Rising bid Rs minus 16 crore while Intex quoted minus 10 crore to get the ownership. The two new teams had to be added the since the RM Lodha-led panel had earlier suspended Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) for two years in relation to the 2013 IPL corruption scandal.

The new franchises will now take part in a player draft on December 15, where both teams will pick five players each from a pool of CSK and RR players. Ever since the news of two new franchises broke out, #IPL2016 and #Rajkot started trending on Twitter. The twitterati showed keen interest in the proceedings and came up with both congratulatory as well as witty tweets. We bring to you some top tweets under the trend here: