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IPL will return to its old home and away format in 2023, Ganguly confirms

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.

“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,” Ganguly’s note 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.

BCCI AGM on October 18

The board has confirmed that the AGM (annual general meeting) will be held on October 18. According to a report from BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, the AGM will be held in Mumbai.

Women’s IPL is one of the key items on the agenda sent to state associations on Thursday evening. Furthermore, the election of the office bearers is on the agenda: chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, co-secretary and treasurer.

Expect IPL for women to start 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.

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 an ODI tournament for girls under 15.

“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 at five venues: Bangalore, Ranchi, Rajkot, Indore, Raipur, Pune.

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