Sourav Ganguly said home and away matches will return
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said that the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 will return to its pre-Covid status. Since the onset of Covid-19 in 2020, the IPL has only been held in a few closed venues, namely Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. In 2021, the tournament was held at four locations namely Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Chennai. However, the league will return to its old format following the pandemic, where each team will play one home game 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 matches at their designated venues,” Ganguly explained in a letter to state units. The BCCI will will host a full domestic season for the first time since 2020, and all multi-day tournaments will return to the traditional home and away format.The women’s IPL is expected to start early next year.
The BCCI is also planning to host the much-awaited first edition of the women’s IPL early next year. PTI had reported last month that the tournament will be held in March after the Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa. BCCI is working on the much awaited Women’s IPL. We hope to start the season early next year,” Ganguly said in the September 20 letter.
Women’s IPL is expected to raise the standard of women’s cricket in India.Apart from women’s IPL, BCCI is also starting an ODI tournament for girls under 15 years of age. “We are happy to present an Under 15 Ladies One Day Tournament this season. Women’s cricket has seen unprecedented growth worldwide and our national team is performing well. This new tournament will create an avenue for our girls to play at national and international levels,” Ganguly said. The maiden U-15 girls match will be held from December 26 to January 12 at five venues – Bangalore, Ranchi, Rajkot, Indore, Raipur and Pune.