Chennai And Rajasthan Back For 11th Edition Of Vivo IPL
The two big IPL franchises are back. These two teams have missed the past two seasons of the worlds biggest T20 tournament through suspension after a 2013 spot-fixing scandal, have been welcomed back by India's cricket administrators.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday officially welcomed the return of the franchises and confirmed they would participate in the next season of the IPL.MS Dhoni was the face of the CSK franchise, which won the IPL title in back-to-back years in 2010 and 2011.They also finished runners-up in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
And Rajasthan has a really strong bond with Australian talents, with Shane Warne captaining the side the inaugural IPL title in 2008, while Shane Watson was the key player in later years and was player of the tournament in 2013 before handing over the captaincy to Steve Smith. Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions are replaced by these two old franchises.
The BCCI's welcome back announcement did not officially clarify the future for those two franchises, although earlier this year, the IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla had said there would be no extension for those clubs.
Today, Shukla said: "It is my privilege to welcome back our franchises, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, into the 11th edition of the IPL.