The IPL 2022 league matches are likely to be played in Maharashtra, and the playoffs in Ahmedabad. Currently, the schedule of the league is not announced but last week, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that it will start on March 27 and end in the last week of May. However, if the COVID-19 situation does not improve, the tournament might be shifted to South Africa.
The last two seasons of the IPL have not been played in India entirely. In 2020, the entire season was played in the United Arab Emirates as the COVID-19 cases were on the rise in the country and the season was a success as the tournament was completed without any player testing COVID19 positive. In 2021, the league was meant to be played entirely in India before multiple COVID-19 cases emerging inside the bio-bubble meant the tournament was postponed, with the rest of the tournament played in the UAE.
Meanwhile, the source has said that the board is mulling to organizing the league games in Maharashtra while playoffs in Ahmedabad. “As of now, the Board is mulling organising the league stage in Maharashtra, and the playoffs in Ahmedabad,” the source said.
25 percent crowd to be allowed during the league, says a BCCI official
The source has said that 25 percent crowd to be allowed inside the stadiums. However, this decision depends on the health situation in Maharashtra and Ahmedabad. The source added that the Maharashtra government is eager to host national and international events, albeit, a strict bio-bubble and COVID-19 protocols are in place.
“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.”