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

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 informed the affiliated state entities of the Board.

The IPL has been staged in just a few venues since the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, when the lucrative league unfolded behind closed doors at three UAE venues – Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

Also in 2021 the tournament was held in four venues – Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Chennai.

However, with the pandemic under control, the money-rich league will return to its old format, with each team playing one game at home and one away.

“Next season of men’s IPL will also return to a home-away format, with all ten teams playing their home games at their designated venues,” Ganguly said in a note to state entities.

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

The BCCI is conducting a full-fledged national season for the first time since 2020 and all multi-day tournaments will also return to the traditional home-away format.

BCCI AGM on October 18th

The Board has confirmed that its Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on October 18th. According to a statement from BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, the AGM will be held in Mumbai.

Women’s IPL is one of the important agenda items that were distributed to the national associations on Thursday evening.

Also on the agenda are elections for officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Joint Secretary and Treasurer.

We expect female IPL to begin early next year

BCCI is also working to host the inaugural edition of the highly anticipated Women’s IPL early next year.

PTI reported last month that the tournament is expected to take place in March after the Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa.

“The BCCI is currently working on the much-anticipated IPL for women. We expect to be able to start the first season early next year,” Ganguly wrote in the Sept. 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 seen phenomenal growth around the world and our national team has performed well. This new tournament will pave the way for our young girls to play at national team and international level,” Ganguly wrote.

The inaugural women’s U15 event will be held from December 26th to January 12th across five venues – Bangalore, Ranchi, Rajkot, Indore, Raipur, Pune.