New Delhi: IPL 2022 is likely to be held in Mumbai without a crowd, top BCCI sources told ANI. Likely venues are Wankhede Stadium, Cricket Club of India (CCI), DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai & Pune if needed. The last two editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) have challenged the BCCI to a great extent. The advent of the Covid-19 virus, in early 2020, led to the year’s IPL season being postponed before it took place in UAE from mid-September to early November.
“I am delighted to confirm that the 15th season of the IPL will start in the last week of March and will run until May end. A majority of the team owners expressed their wish that the tournament be held in India”, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah.
The BCCI was always keen on staging the 2022 edition that will see two new teams, Ahmedabad and Lucknow. Jay Shah also added that no stone will be left unturned in ensuring that IPL stays in India.
BCCI has not compromised on the health & safety of its stakeholders in the past & will concurrently work on Plan B since #COVID19 situation with new variants remains fluid. Mega #IPLAuction will take place on Feb 12-13th & we’ll lock in venues before.
The 2020 edition of the lucrative T20 league was held in UAE, while the previous season was played in two phases. It was initially scheduled to play entirely in India but due to Covid-19 cases emerging inside the bio-bubble, the tournament was suspended midway and then held in UAE.
In another major development, one of India’s largest business conglomerates, the Tata Group was announced as the new sponsor of the T20 league. They replaced Chinese mobile manufacturer Vivo. “They will come on board for two years, with the BCCI getting a slightly bigger amount,” IPL chairman Brijesh Patel.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah welcomed the company in the new role.
“This is indeed a momentous occasion for the BCCI IPL as the Tata Group is the epitome of global Indian enterprise with an over 100-year-old legacy and operations in more than 100 countries across six continents,” Shah was quoted as saying in a media release.
The IPL 2021 edition saw the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) win the title for the fourth time. Before IPL 2022 starts, BCCI also have to host the mega auction which is likely to be held in mid or late February in Bengaluru. The venue can also be changed depending on the Covid-19 situation in the country.
(With Inputs from ANI)