IPL 2017 trophy
The IPL 2017 trophy: Picture source: rediff.com

After serving a two year ban for their role in a corruption scandal, the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals franchises look set to make a return to the Indian Premier League. The Board of Control for Cricket in India have said that they are planning a grand welcome for the two franchises. They will be releasing an Invitation To Tender to the media and on the same day they will welcome the two franchises back to the tournament.

The multiple world champions will be back for season 11 of the IPL

It is believed that CSK are in the middle of preparing special events for their return to the field. A source close to the team says that current Rising Pune Supergiant player Mahendra Singh Dhoni is all set to return to his long-time team. Meanwhile, the Rajasthan Royals are in serious discussions with a leading corporate who is interested in the IPL. They are hoping that the said corporate will buy a stake in the team.

The X Factor. Under the Royals wing, Rahane gets noticed by selectors and fans alike.Photo by Arjun Panwar-IPL. © BCCI
The Rajasthan Royals are currently looking for a potential co-owner to their franchise

The IPL itself is said to be undergoing massive changes post the conclusion of season 10. This is following the administrative revamp conducted by the Supreme Court. When CSK and RR departed, the Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions took their place. With Chennai and Rajasthan back in the fray, the tournament will have 10 teams once again.

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