Reports: BCCI mulling an alternative option of hosting entire IPL 2022 in Mumbai due to surge in COVID cases Reports: BCCI considering a plan B option with Mumbai as the only IPL centre following the Covid-19 issues

Reports: BCCI mulling an alternative option of hosting entire IPL 2022 in Mumbai due to surge in COVID cases

Three stadiums in Mumbai could be used to host IPL 2022.

Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah
Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah. (Photo Source: Twitter)

BCCI has now started to make alternative plans for IPL 2022 following surge in Covid-19 cases in India. The option of shifting entire season to Mumbai as it has three stadiums remains open. However, the BCCI would want 10 centres in India to make the tournament more interesting and that will remain the priority.

Recently, the board postponed Ranji Trophy and the other domestic tournaments following a number of Covid-19 cases in almost each state camp. The doubts over the mega auction in Bangalore for IPL 2022 has also been one of the discussing points and reportedly, the event might get shifted as well. The 15th edition of the IPL is set to be a 10-team affair rather than the usual 8-team tournament.

BCCI not thinking about UAE as an option, say reports

The Covid-19 situation in 2021 had forced the BCCI to suspend the IPL midway and the remainder of the games were shifted to UAE.  IPL 2022 being held in UAE as an alternative has not been in the plans yet while there could be an early start to the edition. The reason behind considering advancing the tournament is to reduce the number of doubleheaders.

“The BCCI is also preparing a Plan B for the league. With the growing number of Covid-19 cases in the country, there may be a possibility that the BCCI will utilise only Mumbai as an IPL centre. At this stage, two options are on the table – 10 centres or just three centres (the Wankhede, CCI and DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai).

“Going back to UAE has not yet been thought of by the Board officials as yet. However, the option of advancing the starting date by week — from April 2 to March 25 – is also being considered, the purpose of it being to have fewer double-headers and day games,” a report in Cricbuzz read.

The eight franchises have announced their retentions for IPL 2022 while the two new teams are yet to pick their three retentions. The mega auction is scheduled for February 12, 13 at Bengaluru, however, there could be changes now due to the state restrictions going on.