After much fiasco and action packed drama over corruption and other charges against owners and even players of IPL teams Chennai Super King (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), BCCI has finally decided against forever terminating these two teams.
The announcement on October 19, 2015, which comes as some surprise for the cricketing fraternity, says that the next two IPLs are going to be a 8-team series where the two convicted teams would not be participating, thus abiding by the R M Lodha committee's recommendation. But there has been no clarification on the issue of their comeback in 2018 series which keeps the issue open for discussions and decisions.
According to a senior official at BCCI, "The decision whether it will be a 10-team affair from 2018 will only be taken at the AGM where the other major decisions including bilateral series with Pakistan will be discussed".
As of now, IPL 2015 series will be participated only by the eight existing teams and tenders are being floated for the auction of two more teams for the next two years. The BCCI further said that it will invite fresh bids for the two new franchisees/teams, which will be competing from the next year onwards to complete the eight-team format in the absence of CSK and RR.
The BCCI top brass has always maintained that it would implement Indian Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee's recommendations in totality, which suspended the two teams for two years, the Working group also stuck by it. The decision was also in consonance with the new BCCI President Shashank Manohar's statement that “BCCI won't be vindictive towards any of its state units”.