Gujarat Lions owner Keshav Bansal has confirmed that his franchise and the Rising Pune Supergiant will not be a part of the Indian Premier League in 2018. Bansal said that the contracts of both the sides had stated that they were being bought only for a period of two years, to make up the numbers after two franchises, the Chennai Super Kings, and the Rajasthan Royals were suspended on corruption charges.
Earlier, BCCI chief Rahul Johri had all but confirmed the news about the return of Chennai and Rajasthan after a two-year suspension. IPL 2018 will see a fresh auction happening as well where all the players will be up for auction again. This means that there will be major reshuffling happening as no franchise will be able to retain any player
“No extension is being given to Rising Pune Supergiant and the Gujarat Lions. The agreement was only for two years. Even if we make it a 10-team league, the two new teams would have to be freshly bid, so they RPS and the GL are not being given any extension or anything,” Shukla said.