The BCCI is considering two start dates for the 2022 Indian Premier League, with some preferring a March 27 kickoff and few other influential people wanting the mega event to start on April 2, which is in line with the decision of the BCCI. Lodha Committee. “Some owners would prefer a start on March 27, but India will play their last international match against Sri Lanka, a T20I in Lucknow on March 18, and then you need a 14-day gap under the Lodha rule, that’s why April 2 could be the start date,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity. It is clear that India’s players will also be exhausted after three back-to-back bubbles in South Africa (away) and at home against the West Indies and Sri Lanka.
“The BCCI should consider players’ bubble fatigue if they start IPL in less than 10 days from the completion of the Sri Lanka tour,” said a BCCI source.
It has also been learned that all 10 IPL owners, including the two new teams from Lucknow and Ahmedabad, want India to host the 2022 IPL, with Mumbai and Pune being the two preferred cities.
Their second choice is the United Arab Emirates, which has hosted the IPL three times, while the last option is South Africa, where the mega event was held in 2009.
However, the UAE and South Africa will not come into the picture until the COVID-19 situation in India worsens.
As reported in some quarters, Sri Lanka as a host was not even discussed during the meeting.
As for the mega sale dates, they will remain in Bengaluru on February 12-13 as per the original schedule.
“Today’s meeting was mainly about owners trying to put forward their suggestions on the issue of their preferred locations. Most owners want the IPL to be held in India if all goes well and we move past the peak of the third COVID-19 being 19 wave,” said a senior BCCI source.
“Mumbai has three grounds and we have the Pune ground which is more on the highway than in the city of Pune. We do that in Wankhede, Brabourne and DY Patil Stadium (Navi Mumbai) and Gahunje Stadium. So there will be no air travel and there could be a bubble in one city with no bubble until bubble transfer,” the official added.
The second option is the UAE where they have had strict bio bubbles and both editions were held successfully.
“South Africa is the last option, but as of now we don’t even consider it an option. It’s the last resort. As for entering the crowd, a call cannot be taken easily. It will be closer to the tournament brought,” the source added.
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