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BCCI President Sourav Ganguly – IPL will return to pre-Covid home and away format in 2023

The Indian Premier League (IPL) will return to its original, pre-COVID-19, home-and-away format from the 2023 season, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has transferred to the board’s affiliated state units.

The IPL has been held in only a few venues since the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 as the lucrative behind closed doors competition took place in three venues in the UAE – Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. Also in 2021, the tournament was held in four venues – Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Chennai – before being moved again to the UAE due to COVID-19 cases in team camps.

However, with things “back to normal”, the IPL is returning to its old format where each team plays one home and one away game. Ganguly also mentioned the “BCCI is currently working on the highly anticipated women’s IPL” to hold it “early next year.”

Full domestic season in 2023
“The next season of the men’s IPL will also return to the home and away format, with all ten teams playing their home games at their designated venues,” said Ganguly’s note to state units.

The note gave them a “snapshot” of the ongoing domestic season.

The BCCI is running a full domestic season for the first time since 2019-20 and all multi-day tournaments will also return to the traditional home-and-away format.
IPL for women starts early next year, new one-day tournament under 15 for girls

The BCCI is also working to host the first edition of the highly anticipated Women’s IPL “early next year.” The tournament is likely to take place in March, after the Women’s T20 World Cup ends in South Africa at the end of February.

“The BCCI is currently working on the highly anticipated Women’s IPL. We expect to begin season one early next year,” Ganguly wrote in the September 20 letter.

The Women’s IPL is expected to raise the standard of women’s cricket in India. In addition to the Women’s IPL, the BCCI is also launching a one-day under-15 girls’ tournament.

“We are excited to introduce a girls U15 One Day tournament starting this season. Women’s cricket has experienced phenomenal growth around the world and our national team has performed well. This new tournament will create an avenue for our young girls to play on the national and international level,” wrote Ganguly.

The inaugural event for women under 15 will be played from December 26 to January 12 in Bengaluru, Ranchi, Rajkot, Indore, Raipur and Pune.

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