With the latest wave of infections not nearly as high as expected, the IPL may very well this year be played in India after all.
According to a BCCI official who requested to remain unnamed, the board has already decided that, barring any unexpected changes in circumstance, the cash-richest tournament on the planet will return back home. The last two editions of the event were mostly played in the United Arab Emirates.
According to the official, the BCCI is of the opinion that the situation with rising infections is much more under control this year.
The BCCI previously discussed moving the 2022 IPL to South Africa.
But even though the IPL will likely make a return to home soil in April, the general consensus among franchise owners was reportedly to host the entire event in Maharashtra only as this would allow teams and players to avoid air travel in between matches.
India’s second-most populous state is home to four venues – three of which are located in Mumbai, and the fourth in Pune. It will be left up to the BCCI to make a final decision regarding the exact choice of venue(s) this year. Franchises did however request that a decision be made before the full auction, which will be held in Bangalore on Feb. 12-13.
The competition will this year become home to two new teams: Ahmedabad and Lucknow franchise. As such, the total number of matches to be played will be 74. Also, crowds will be allowed in the stands.
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