Indian Premier League(IPL) is all set to return in its original format in the 16th edition of the tournament. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that the IPL will return to its pre-covid format in 2023.
Post the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the 14th edition of IPL was first shifted to the UAE. In the year 2021, IPL returned to India but was limited to a few venues. The 15th edition was held across four cities in limited venues. Now, as the pandemic has eased off and normal life is back on track, the BCCI is set to conduct the next season of IPL in its original format.
The cash-rich league has practiced a home-away format since the inaugural edition. All teams play one game on home ground and one game on the opposition’s turf against each other. Sourav Ganguly passed on this message via a note to the state units. The note read:
“The next season of men’s IPL will also go back to the home and away format with all ten teams playing their home matches at their designated venues.”
This news comes after BCCI had planned to schedule the domestic events in their traditional home-away format. This will also take place for the first time post-Covid-19 pandemic.
Women’s IPL to start early next year – Sourav Ganguly
Earlier, the BCCI Secretary Jay Shah formally announced a full-fledged Women’s IPL in 2023. They have reportedly kept aside the February-March window just before Men’s IPL, for the inaugural edition. Ganguly also confirmed in a letter that read:
“The BCCI is currently working on the much-awaited Women’s IPL. We are expecting to start the first season early next year.”
The much-awaited Women’s IPL will be a revolution in India women’s Cricket. It will not only help the senior players but also the domestic players. They will gain valuable exposure and experience at the highest level. It would certainly raise the standard of women’s cricket in India.