The Indian Premier League is all set to make a comeback in India in 2022. While the entire 2020 season happened in the United Arab Emirates, it was decided that the 2021 season will unfold in India. However, that wasn’t to be as several COVID-19 cases started emerging inside the bio-secure bubbles of various franchises which forced the organisers to indefinitely suspend the tournament.
Later the cash-rich league did resume again in the United Arab Emirates and while both the seasons were successfully held, it was a no-brainer that the tournament will ultimately have to go back to its home country. And now BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has said that the 2022 season of the IPL, which will be the tournament’s 15th season, will be happening in India.
This is a huge news as the tournament is not going to the same anymore in more ways than one. While two new teams have been added to the tournament and they are namely Lucknow and Ahmedabad, the players will also be shuffled ahead of the tournament in a mega auction. Moreover, Virat Kohli will no longer be the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore and AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from all forms of the game.
There are other reports suggesting that KL Rahul could be looking to end his association with Punjab Kings and even Shreyas Iyer is tempted to do the same since Delhi Capitals are likely to stick with Rishabh Pant as their skipper. All of it makes the 2022 season of the IPL all the more interesting.
As administrators, we want CSK to do well: Brijesh Patel
All eyes are also constantly on MS Dhoni and what he decides to do with the Chennai Super Kings. While he had hinted that he could be back, he has now said that he hasn’t yet decided. Meanwhile, IPL Governing Council Chairman and former India cricketer Brijesh Patel has said that they want CSK to do well.
“As administrators, we want CSK to do well. When CSK does well, TRP goes high,” he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the mega auction is expected sometime in December but there is no official confirmation as yet.