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IPL 2022 begins on March 26; 70 league matches will be played across four venues in Mumbai, Pune

The decision to organise the tournament in one state was taken during BCCI's IPL governing council virtual meet on Thursday evening.

The IPL will be a ten-team affair this season after the Indian board added two new teams: Ahmedabad's Gujarat's Titans and Lucknow Super Giants. (File)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) will begin on March 26 and will be played in Mumbai and 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 be the venue for the remaining 15 games.

The decision to organise the tournament in one state was taken during BCCI’s IPL governing council virtual meet on Thursday evening. The members earlier contemplated organising IPL matches at respective home venues, but taking cue from last year when BCCI felt that travelling enabled breach of secure bio-bubble, the board doesn’t want to take any further risks.

“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,” a BCCI official told The Indian Express.

The Indian board has finalised 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 will be used for IPL team practice sessions.

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IPL 2022: Points you should know

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– The tournament will kickstart from 26th March, 2022 and the final will be played on 29th May, 2022.

– A total of 70 league matches will be played across four international standard venues in Mumbai and Pune. The venue for the playoff matches will be decided later.

-Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium will host 20 matches, Brabourne Stadium will have 15 matches and DY Patil Stadium will host 20 matches. While 15 matches will be played at Pune’s MCA International Stadium.

All teams will play:

4 matches each at Wankhede Stadium and DY Patil Stadium.

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3 matches each at Brabourne Stadium (CCI) and MCA International Stadium, Pune.

The 10 teams will play a total of 14 league matches (7 home matches and 7 away matches) totalling to 70 league matches, followed by the 4 playoff matches. Each team will play 5 teams twice and the remaining 4 teams only once (2 only home and 2 only away).

To decide on the above, teams have been assigned in two virtual groups based on the number of IPL Championships won followed by the number of Final matches played by the respective teams.

First published on: 24-02-2022 at 08:55:24 pm
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