Rajeev Shukla: We can’t hold the IPL with only six teams

Rajeev Shukla: We can’t hold the IPL with only six teams: The Indian Premier League (IPL) might be in the eye of controversy since last two days, but its chairman Rajeev Shukla insisted that the IPL brand remains a “robust” product. He also went on to say that he is confident the tournament will make a strong comeback next season with a minimum of eight teams.

When asked about the future of the competition and the two-year ban on Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, Shukla replied, “We are always concerned about IPL and let me assure you the next edition will be a bigger success. IPL is a robust product and this judgement (suspension of teams) should not affect IPL as a product.”

He also made it clear that the tournament will not go ahead with only six teams. “The idea is to have the tournament in full format with a minimum of eight teams. We can’t hold the event with six teams.”

Shukla said that although there are many options available regarding what happens next to the IPL, they will be thoroughly discussed only with the Governing Council in Mumbai on Sunday.

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