All matches of IPL 2022 will be held at four venues in Mumbai and Pune.
In what can be termed as a major development, Maharashtra is likely to allow 25 per cent capacity crowd for the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).IPL) The 15th edition of the gala competition begins on March 26 – with all matches taking place in Mumbai and Pune. Amid concerns over COVID-19, it was speculated that matches could take place behind closed doors.
However, it is learned that the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MHCA) are ready to welcome a certain number of spectators at the venue. Notably, the Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai will jointly host a total of 55 league-stage games in the competition. The remaining 15 matches will be held at the MCA International Stadium in Pune. The venue for the playoff matches is yet to be decided.
IPL 2022 matches will be held in Mumbai and Pune
Meanwhile, Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray met MCA officials on Sunday (February 27) and agreed to allow 25 per cent crowd at the venues. Notably, there has been a sharp drop in COVID cases recently – Mumbai has reported only two deaths and less than 1000 new cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest since 2020. Encouraged by that, the government allowed the crowd to enter.
“Yes, we have come a full circle,” Cricbuzz quoted BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal as saying. “It has set a new blueprint for Indian cricket. There is no looking back,” he said. Notably, various stadiums across India welcomed spectators to the recent white-ball series against West Indies and Sri Lanka.
“It was in Dharamsala where the threat of Covid began for Indian cricket in 2020. It stopped the game right there. After this, matches in Lucknow and Kolkata were also canceled due to the threat of coronavirus. We are glad that cricket was revived with the crowd in Dharamsala itself (referring to India’s last two T20Is) Sri LankaIt was great to see the enthusiasm of the spectators for both the matches. I hope no one can stop Indian cricket from here,” the BCCI treasurer further said.