IPL 2012 to have nine teams; Kochi players to be put up for auction

The Indian Premier League is likely to go back to its home and away format and the number of matches will increase AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Hyderabad: Oct 14, 2011

The Indian Premier League governing council has decided to include only nine teams for the fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after Kochi was expelled from the league last month in September.

This could imply that the IPL governing council may go back to its home and away format and the number of matches will increase.

Also, the IPL GC is considering to put Kochi players back to the auction pool after many Kochi players had expressed concern over their future in the IPL.

The possible return of Pakistan players to the IPL is another issue that will be discussed is by the IPL GC. IPL’s newly appointed chairman Rajiv Shukla has maintained that it will be up to the franchises to take a decision on Pakistan players whether to buy them or not.