IPL 2024 likely from March 22 in Chennai, schedule phased due to elections

As the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) would commence their campaign at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

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NEW DELHI: The carnival of cricket is once again set to enthrall cricket aficionados with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) aiming to kick off the 2024 edition Indian Premier League (IPL) on March 22, 2024, if things go according to plans.

The tournament's governing council chairman Arun Dhumal had recently revealed that the schedule might be announced in two stages very soon. The initial announcement would cover the first half of the tournament, with the remaining dates finalised once the general election schedule is confirmed.

"Right now, we plan to start the tournament in Chennai on March 22," Dhumal had stated.

"We're monitoring the situation, and once the general election dates are announced, we can plan the latter half of the tournament accordingly," he added.

As the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) would commence their campaign at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

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Despite speculations about the tournament potentially being held overseas due to the elections, sources within the board confirmed that efforts were underway to ensure that the entire IPL was staged in India. Franchises had also hinted at the board informally discussing phased fixture announcements and having backup plans in place.

"Even in 2019, the entire tournament was held in India despite the general elections," said a franchise. "This time too, the Board is actively communicating with all authorities to ensure the tournament happens entirely in the country. Clarity will emerge once the Election Commission of India announces the poll dates."

Considering the limited time remaining, several franchises had decided to begin their preparatory camps later this week. With India's Test series against England concluding on March 11, players involved in the series would have just over a week's rest before the IPL kicks off.

To facilitate a smooth IPL without logistical issues, the BCCI previously decided to host the second edition of the Women's Premier League (WPL) in just two venues - Bengaluru and Delhi. The tournament, starting in Bengaluru on Friday, would conclude in Delhi on March 17, providing a five-day window for the board and host broadcaster to prepare for the IPL.

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