This year on 26th March, 74 IPL matches would commence and last till 29th May.
IPL chairman Brijesh Patel announced after the governing council meeting.
Furthermore, two new teams joined IPL this year, namely Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Supergiants.
Additionally, 70 IPL matches out of 74 would commence at Mumbai’s stadiums.
Where will the IPL matches be held?
As per the meeting, 70 IPL matches would commence at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, Gahunje Stadium in Pune, and DY Patil ground.
Wankhede and DY Patil would host 20 IPL matches each, and Gahunje and Brabourne stadium would host 15 IPL matches.
Moreover, the beginning of the tournament will witness only 40% crowd in Mumbai stadiums.
According to a source, “spectators will be allowed as per guidelines set by the Maharashtra government and to start with, it will be 40 percent.”
“If the Covid situation remains under control and cases decline, it might be full house at the business end.”
IPL matches to begin soon
While Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium might host the finals, the decision about play-offs is yet to come.
Furthermore, 15 IPL matches would commence in Pune, while 55 would begin in Mumbai.
An IPL source further said, “each team will play same number of games at each of the stadiums. Mumbai Indians will play four games at Wankhede Stadium.”
“We are having as many as 12 double headers and it was decided that Saturday start (March 26) allows us to host a doubleheader on Sunday.”
As South Africa was not a viable option, BCCI secretary Jay Shah says they are eager to host the IPL matches in India.