RPG Group's Sanjeev Goenka is the top contender to own the Lucknow team.
With the BCCI's confirmation to induct two more teams from the upcoming IPL season, Lucknow stands a chance to have a team of its own. While cricket fans in the City of Nawabs expect this happy news soon, Ahemadabad is the other city to lead this race, reportedly. Amid the top contenders to own the Lucknow team, the names of RPG Group's Sanjeev Goenka and Aditya Birla Group have been mentioned by multiple reports.
World-class Ekana Stadium brings fame to the city
The Governing Council of the Indian Premier League had rolled out tenders for the ownership of new teams and the bids are open till October 5. With its latest decision, BCCI has transformed IPL into a 10-team event. Purportedly, BCCI is interested to capitalise the city of Lucknow as not only a new IPL destination but also as a major cricket centre.
Reportedly, an official informed that Lucknow is being preferred due to the presence of a stadium with state-of-art-facility. Notably, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium, popularly known as Ekana Stadium has been successful in garnering significant attention from across the country, in a short period of time. Besides, Lucknow is all set to host a test match for the first time in over 28 years, with the arrival of the New Zealand team in India after the T20 World Cup in UAE in November.
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As per reports, RPSG Group's Sanjiv Goenka has already bought the ITT documents for the auction and he has shown notable interest in the Lucknow team. Previously, the group owned the Pune team for two seasons in 2016 and 2017. With the inception of the Lucknow team, BCCI aims to reap benefits from the Hindi-speaking market. Further, the city will be advantaged with an increased scope of cricket.