IPL. (Source: BCCI)

The BCCI will host the IPL 2022 in March-end, confirmed Jay Shah.

“I am delighted to confirm that the 15th season of the IPL will start in the last week of March and will run until May end. A majority of the team owners expressed their wish that the tournament be held in India,” Shah was quoted as saying in a press note issued by the BCCI.

“The BCCI was always keen on staging the 2022 edition that will see two new teams, Ahmedabad and Lucknow, in India. I can tell you that we will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that IPL stays in India,” Shah said.

“The BCCI has not compromised on the health and safety of its stakeholders in the past and will concurrently work on Plan B since the COVID-19 situation with new variants remains fluid.”

“The mega IPL Auction will take place on February 12-13th and we will lock in venues before that,” Shah further added.

“Some of the owners prefer March 27 start but India play their last international game against Sri Lanka, a T20I at Lucknow on March 18, and then you need a 14-day gap as per Lodha rule which is why April 2 is also an option for start date,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

“The BCCI must take bubble fatigue of players into account if they start IPL in less than 10 days of completion of Sri Lanka tour,” a BCCI source said.