The BCCI is planning to host the 2022 season of the Indian Premier League in Maharashtra and Ahmedabad, with Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune will host the league matches, whereas Ahmedabad will host the Playoffs.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah earlier confirmed that the IPL will begin in March end and will go on till the last week of May. Some reports further suggested that the tournament will be held behind closed doors.
As reported by TOI, a source said, “As of now, the Board is mulling organizing the league stage in Maharashtra, and the playoffs in Ahmedabad.”
It is learnt that four stadiums in Maharashtra will host the league matches, while the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the Playoffs and finals. The stadiums in Maharashtra are: Brabourne Stadium and the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, and MCA Stadium in Pune.
“If the Covid-19 situation is in control, we might witness some crowd in action in these stadiums,” the source said. “If the number of positive cases aren’t high around that time, the state government authorities are likely to allow around 25% capacity crowds for this year’s IPL.”
Even in the current situation, the Maharashtra government is ready to organise the event and they wish to host national and international events as long as bio-bubble and other Covid protocols are not breached, the source told.
The previous two seasons had to be moved to UAE due to the pandemic situation in India. The first half of the last season was played in India, and the second half was postponed and moved to UAE. The IPL mega auction ahead of the 2022 season is to be held in Bangalore on the 12th and 13th of February.