GL and RPS replaced RR and CSK in 2016.
GL owner Keshav Bansal has now confirmed that this year will be the last for his Intex owned Gujarat Lions and also for the Sanjiv Goenka owned Rising Pune Supergiant. He confirmed this news with an interview with Cricbuzz.com.
BCCI CEO Rahul Johri had previously confirmed that Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will make a comeback next year in IPL, after serving their 2 year court ordered suspension. This meant that the two new franchises Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant will be terminated.
Gujarat Lions has not had a great IPL 2017 as they are in the bottom half of the points table. However, they were the table toppers in IPL 2016 and made it into the play-offs. Rising Pune Supergiant, who had a terrible IPL 2016, are now in the top four and are fighting for the top 2 spots currently.
“As we speak today, the contract states that the two new teams Pune and Gujarat will go out, so that’s the fact of the matter. When we bought the team, it was very clear that we will be buying it only for two years and after two years, these two teams will go out and the other two will come back, so that’s the way it is” said Keshav Bansal.
When asked about continuing in the Indian Premier League, if the opportunity to do so arises, Bansal said, “For sure, the intention is there. When we bought the team it was a different scenario, today it’s a different scenario, I’m quite attached to IPL personally and professionally both so I think the economics and all the other factors should be feasible, so given a chance we would love to (continue).”