Cheteshwar Pujara expressed happiness over the selection of his hometown of Rajkot as one of the two new IPL franchises for the next two years © Getty Images
Cheteshwar Pujara expressed happiness over the selection of his hometown of Rajkot as one of the two new IPL franchises for the next two years © Getty Images

Rajkot: Indian middle order Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Tuesday welcomed the announcement of the Rajkot’s Intex as the new Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise for the next two editions, and said that it would provide a great opportunity for young cricketers in Gujarat. “I think it’s a very good news for all the cricketers and people in Rajkot and Gujarat because it’s a great opportunity for young cricketers. All the young cricketers will get a lot of encouragement because they have an opportunity and if they perform well in domestic matches, they have a chance to be part of the Rajkot franchise,” Pujara told ANI. READ: New Rising, Intex Mobiles owners of two new IPL teams

“Any cricketer will love to play in IPL. So, with this move, lots of young cricketers will get an opportunity to play in Rajkot,” he added.

Earlier today, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that Pune’s New Rising and Rajkot’s Intex will replace the suspended Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the next two editions of the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.

In a meeting of the IPL governing council, chairman Rajeev Shukla confirmed that Sanjeev Goenka’s company New Rising and mobile phone manufacturer Intex have won ownership rights of the two new franchises in the IPL.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R.M. Lodha committee had handed a two-year suspension on CSK and RR after their investigation into the 2013 IPL corruption scandal. Also punished were the duo of Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of former BCCI chief N Srinivasan, and Raj Kundra, former co-owner of Rajasthan Royals.