The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Vice President Rajeev Shukla on Tuesday said that BCCI will try to ensure that the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) happens in India. The board is exploring various options given the current rise in COVID-19 cases in the country.
India has seen a sudden rise in new COVID cases thanks to the new Omicron variant. The country is recording more than one lakh cases every day and this surge has put a spanner in the wheel for BCCI as they were hoping to host the entire IPL 2022, which will be a 10-team event, in India.
“We will try to ensure that the Indian Premier League happens and in India. But we will see into this matter again in March, that how is COVID situation then. There will be a contingency plan in place if the COVID situation worsens,” Rajeev Shukla told ANI.
The entire IPL 2020 and the second half of the IPL 2021, including the playoffs, had to be moved to the UAE as India experienced the first wave and the second Delta variant wave of the COVID pandemic which had India recording more than 5 lakh cases a day and over a thousand deaths a day.
Now, the BCCI is looking to host the entire tournament in India, even thinking of holding it in Maharashtra alone, which gives the board four grounds within driving range to host all the matches. IPL matches can be played at the Wankhede Stadium, the Brabourne Stadium, the DY Patil Stadium, and the MCA Stadium in Pune.
Indian Premier League’s (IPL) two new teams — Sanjiv Goenka’s RPSG Group for the Lucknow franchise and CVC Capital’s Ahmedabad team on Tuesday received the formal clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Tata Replaces Vivo As The Title Sponsor Of The Indian Premier League
Also in a major development, VIVO mobiles pulled out of their title sponsorship deal with the Indian Premier League (IPL), which still has two more years left on the contract. The BCCI vice-president confirmed that Vivo has been replaced by Tata group which will be the title sponsors for the IPL 2022 and IPL 2023.
“Vivo decided to part ways so TATA has come in as a sponsor for IPL for two years,” Rajeev Shukla said.
The IPL 2022 is expected to begin in the first week of April and will have 74 matches thanks to the addition of two new teams to the mix.