The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 will be commencing on March 26 and the opening game will be played in Pune. According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), 55 matches will be played at the Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, and DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai while Pune’s Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium will host 15 IPL matches.
In a virtual meeting on Thursday, the IPL governing council had decided to host the tournament in one state. The members earlier contemplated organizing IPL matches at respective home venues, but taking cue from last year when BCCI felt that traveling enabled breach of secure bio-bubble, the board doesn’t want to take any further risks.
As per the reports in Indian Express, a BCCI official said, “We didn’t want to have a situation like last season where we had to call off IPL mid-way after there was a bubble breach in IPL teams. It’s better to have the tournament being played in one state where teams can travel by bus.”
BCCI has finalized MCA-BKC ground, DY Patil, and Brabourne as venues for practice for ten IPL teams and is looking to add a few more to the list. It is expected that Thane’s Daddoji Kondev Stadium and MCA-Kandivali ground can also be used for IPL team practice sessions.
The IPL 2022 will be a ten-team affair in the 15th edition of the tournament after the Indian board added two new teams: Ahmedabad’s Gujarat’s Titans and Lucknow Super Giants. The Indian board is also planning to have a women’s T20 exhibition game in Pune.
However, there was a discussion on having a full-fledged women’s IPL going ahead next year. Former India pacer Javagal Srinath, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, and an Indian umpire will be part of the suspect action committee which will look after cases related to suspect action found during IPL.