Not UAE? IPL 2022 in Sri Lanka or South Africa as Plan B | IPL in Maharashtra

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IPL Not in UAE: The IPL 2022 mega auction is set to be held in Bengaluru on 12 and 13 February, 2022. During the recent IPL meeting, on Tuesday (January 11), some big decisions were made, such as Tata group becoming the title sponsor for the cash-rich league from this season, auction dates and venues being confirmed, however, nothing was revealed about the schedule and venues for IPL 2022.

“We can’t be dependent on UAE all the time so we decided to explore more options, South Africa’s time difference also works out well for the players,” said a BCCI official.

“The place where the team was staying for the second Test is spread over several acres. There were walking tracks and even a pond on the property and that has made things easier for the players who for the last couple of years or so have been confined to their rooms on several overseas tours,” said an official.

According to a report in TOI, the Board is planning to organise the T20 league across four venues – Brabourne Stadium and Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai and Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Gahunje near Pune. The entire IPL 2022 in Maharashtra as Plan A.

The board will go ahead and organised the league in Sri Lanka or South Africa (as per their Plan B).

The last two editions of IPL have majorily been held in the UAE. IPL 2020 was entirely held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah whereas last year’s edition’s second leg was hosted in UAE. While Sri Lanka have never hosted an IPL season, SA were the hosts for IPL 2009. 

BCCI is willing to take the IPL to SA seeing how smoothly the ongoing India-Proteas Test series.

IPL not in UAE this time as they cannot always depends only on UAE. It looks like the Indian Premier League was a Rs 100 crore bonanza for UAE’s Emirates Cricket Board (ECB). BCCI Paid a whopping 14 Million dollars to stage the tournament in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi in the past season. The IPL provided a windfall for UAE.

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