The 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League is slated to start on March 31/ April 1 and end on the first week of June. The last ODI of the bilateral series between India and Australia is scheduled on March 22, and accordingly, the start date of the tournament will be decided.
The IPL is the
most followed T20 League in the world, witnessing participation from top Indian
as well as overseas players. Since its inception in 2008, the idea of players
from different countries playing together has been a hit among cricket fanatics.
Arch-rivals like England and Australian players have become good friends off the field due to their interactions in the tournament. Domestic Indian players often get the opportunity to rub shoulders with the best of the game. Moreover, overseas players have gradually improved their game on the Asian pitches after their respective stints in the IPL.
In the 2022 edition, a total of 74 matches were organized from March 26 to May 29. The addition of two teams (Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants) certainly made the tournament lengthier. The BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has already sought a ‘two and a half month’ window for the IPL from the next ICC Future Tours Programme, which will begin in 2024.
According to Cricbuzz, if the Indian team reaches the World Test Championship (WTC) final, the team management and BCCI will mutually decide the dates of the 2023 edition of the cash-rich T20 league. The WTC final is likely to take place from June 7 at the Oval, and the Indian players will certainly need proper rest and have optimum time for switching between both formats.
The IPL 2023 will end in the last week of May if the Rohit Sharma-led side manages to reach the final. On the other hand, it can have a delayed end date, if India fails to find the top two spots in the WTC standings.
The Gujarat Titans secured a title victory in the IPL 2022, having won the final against Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets.