IPL 2022: Mumbai, Pune host 70 matches in league phase, finals expected on May 29th

The league phase of the IPL 2022 is designed for 70 games and will be played at 4 venues in Mumbai and Pune. A decision on the venues for the play-offs and final is expected to be made at Thursday’s Governing Council meeting.

The league phase of the IPL 2022 is expected to be held in Mumbai and Pune (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • IPL 2022 is expected to start in the last week of March
  • Mumbai is likely to host 55 games with Pune hosting 15 in the league stage
  • 3 venues for matches in Mumbai, MCA Stadium in Pune

The league phase of the Indian Premier League 2022 will be played across 4 venues in Mumbai and Pune, with the 10-team edition set to start in the last week of March this year. The final is expected to be held on May 29th. 55 games are scheduled to be played in Mumbai while 15 will be played in Pune.

The games in Mumbai will be played at Wankhede Stadium, DY Patil Stadium and Brabourne Stadium while MCA Stadium will host the games in Pune. Venues for the league stages have been limited to just 4 to ensure the safety of players, staff and other stakeholders in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. By only playing in Mumbai and Pune, BCCI can also avoid air travel, Peppystores understands.

The IPL Governing Body will meet on Thursday 24th February and an official announcement of venues and dates can be expected after the meeting. The playoffs are expected to be played at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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Each team is expected to play 4 games at Wankhede Stadium and DY Patil Stadium and 3 each at Brabourne Stadium and MCA Stadium.

Remarkably, BCCI leaders were confident of hosting IPL 2022 in India. The 2020 edition of the popular T20 league was played in the United Arab Emirates but the board brought the 2021 edition back home. Matches were played in Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Delhi but the season was paused due to Covid-19 cases in franchise biobubbles. The BCCI resumed the season bringing the second leg back to the UAE.

The 2022 IPL, which will see the addition of two new teams in Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants, will see an increase of 14 games in the league stage. Chennai Super Kings, led by MS Dhoni, will look to defend their title and equal the Mumbai Indians’ record for most successful franchise.

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