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Indian Premier League set to name new 2011 franchises

Lalit Modi
Lalit Modi says a "very famous" UK football team has expressed interest in the IPL

The Indian Premier League will announce two new franchises on 8 March, the tournament's chief has announced.

The new teams will join the competition from the 2011 season, increasing the number of franchises to 10.

Lalit Modi said 12 cities were in contention, including four which will host games during the 2010 season.

Modi, the IPL commissioner, earlier revealed that a "very famous" UK football club had expressed interest, although he refused to say which one.

Modi said tenders for the franchises could be collected from the Board of Control for India or IPL from 21 February and that bids would be opened on 8 March in Mumbai.

The cities in the frame are Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Kanpur, Dharamsala, Indore, Cuttack, Gwalior and Visakapatnam.

But Modi also indicated that Rajkot, Pune, Vadodara and Kochi, which are in the process of building stadiums, might bid for teams.

The new team franchises will be granted access to venues hosting matches during the 2010 IPL in order to familiarise themselves.

The 2010 IPL, which is the third edition of the 20-over tournament, begins on 12 March.



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