The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to decide on a suitable venue for IPL 2022. India and South Africa are the top two choices on the minds of the Indian board.
According to some reports, BCCI has considered South Africa as their backup plan to host the matches of IPL 2022.
IPL 2022 to be staged either in India or South Africa
BCCI’s biggest product– the Indian Premier League– has already gone through its share of hurdles as the Indian board had to stage the IPL finals twice in the deserted United Arab Emirates (UAE).
However, the Indian board doesn’t seem interested in playing their affluent T20 tournament in UAE as they have to pay exponentially to not just stage the tournament, but it also becomes difficult for the franchise to bear the expenses of accommodation.
CSA proposes cheaper plan for BCCI to hold IPL 2022
Many franchise owners are in favour of conducting the entire IPL 2022 in India itself but some BCCI officials feel the tournament should be staged in South Africa.
In the meantime, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has been quick to send a proposal regarding their plan to stage BCCI’s lucrative tournament.
According to a report by Cricbuzz, discussions have been taking place between the BCCI and CSA with particular emphasis on venues for which there would be no or bare minimum air travel, cutting down on the expenses for the franchises. CSA has cited that holding IPL in the Rainbow Nation will be cheaper than what the Indian board had spent in the UAE.
The BCCI seems to be very keen on holding the entire tournament in a few cities of India like Mumbai and Pune. The Indian board will finalise the venue for IPL 2022 on February 20.
The last time IPL was held in South Africa was in 2009 as India observed its general elections during that period.