Premier League (IPL2022)
will begin on March 26 and will be played in Mumbai and Pune. According to the
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), 55 matches will be played at the
Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai while Pune’s
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium will be the venue for the remaining 15
The decision to host the tournament in one state was made during a virtual meeting of the BCCI IPL Board of Directors on Thursday evening. Members had previously considered hosting IPL matches at their respective venues, but following last year's example, when the BCCI felt the trip violated a protected biobubble, the board was reluctant to take the additional risk.
“We didn’t want to have a situation like last season where we had to call off IPL mid-way after there was a bubble breach in IPL teams. It’s better to have the tournament being played in one state where teams can travel by bus,” a BCCI official to news channel.
The Council of India has confirmed the MCA-BKC, DY Patil and Brabourne pitches as training grounds for ten IPL teams and would like to add a few more to the list. Thanes Daddoji Kondev Stadium and MCA-Kandivali are expected to be used for IPL team training.
IPL will be a ten-team affair this season after the Indian board added two new teams: Titans of Gujarat from Ahmedabad and Super Giants of Lucknow.