New Delhi - Teams from the western cities
of Pune and Rajkot won an auction on Tuesday to compete in cricket's Indian
Premier League, replacing two franchises that were banned over a corruption
The Twenty20 tournament's chairman Rajiv
Shukla said that New Rising, a subsidiary of the Sanjeev Goenka group, bagged
the Pune franchise, while Delhi-based Intex Mobiles picked up the Rajkot team
in open bidding.
Shukla said the owners had not paid the
tournament organisers for the right to field teams in the next two editions of
the tournament, but would instead forgo payments from a central pool of money
which is made of cash from TV rights and sponsorship.
"This speaks to the enduring
popularity of the tournament that instead of us paying them money they are
going to pay us," Shukla told reporters after the auction in the capital
New Rising have agreed to pay around $3.4
million annually for the Pune franchise and Intex will pay around $1.5 million
for the Rajkot team.
The auction followed the decision by
India's cricket board to ban the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals
from the glitzy tournament on the recommendation of a Supreme Court-appointed
The 2013 IPL season was mired in
controversy after police launched legal proceedings against several officials
from the two teams and three Rajasthan Royals players for illegal betting and
The Super Kings, led by India's World
Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, are the most successful team in the IPL's
history, having won the tournament in 2010 and 2011 and finishing runners-up on
Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural event in
2008 under the captaincy of Australian spin legend Shane Warne, but have failed
to make the final since then.
Both Chennai and Rajasthan are expected to
return to the IPL after their bans end in 2018.
The new buyers, which will ensure the IPL
remains an eight-team event for at least the next two years, will be presented
at a media conference later on Tuesday.
Since its launch in 2008, the IPL has
become hugely popular by paying mega salaries to big-name internationals who
perform against a glamorous backdrop of dancing girls and Bollywood stars, who
part-own the teams.
But despite attracting big audiences, it has
been dogged by scandal, including allegations of corruption, spot-fixing and