IPL 2023 will return to the old league format. In the pre-Covid-19 era, teams played home and away games. However, the virus outbreak forced teams to play in a strict bio-bubble environment to ensure less travel and stricter adherence to protocols. But now that players and staff have been vaccinated and the spread of the virus is curbed, the Indian Premier League is returning to its old format, with one team playing 7 games at home and the other 7 games away. This has been confirmed by BCCI President Sourav Ganguly himself.
The IPL has been held in only a few venues since the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, while the lucrative competition unfolded behind closed doors at three venues in the UAE – Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
Also in 2021, the tournament was held in four locations: Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Chennai. However, with the pandemic under control, the money-rich league is returning to its old format with each team playing one home and one away game.
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“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 locations,” a note from Ganguly read to state units.
The note gave them a “snapshot” of the ongoing domestic season.
The BCCI is conducting a full domestic season for the first time since 2020 and all multi-day tournaments also return to the traditional home and away format.
IPL for women starts early next year
The BCCI is also working to host the first edition of the highly anticipated Women’s IPL early next year. PTI had reported last month that the tournament is likely to take place in March after the Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa.
“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.
With PTI inputs