Get ready for the excitement as the 17th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to kick off on March 22, just five days after the conclusion of the Women’s Premier League (WPL). The IPL will run until May 26, providing a thrilling build-up to the T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the Caribbean, starting June 1. However, mark your calendars as India’s opening match in the World Cup is scheduled for June 5, nine days after the IPL wraps up.
As per the discussed tentative schedule between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and stakeholders, the second season of the WPL is slated for action from February 22 to March 17. The league will be hosted in the vibrant cities of Bengaluru and Delhi, and the official announcement of dates is just around the corner, likely on Monday.
A crucial connection is noted between the IPL schedule and the General Election timetable, with the BCCI discreetly considering a tournament window between March 22 and May 26. While the confirmation of the schedule awaits the announcement of election dates, the BCCI is confident in organizing the entire league in India.
Receiving assurances from most cricket boards about player availability until the final, the BCCI acknowledges the possibility of early departures due to the T20 World Cup commencing on June 1. However, the primary focus at this stage is to align the schedule with the general elections and successfully host the league in India.
In other cricket updates, Hyderabad witnessed an energetic net session with Indian players, including Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja. Skipper Rohit Sharma, though absent, opted for a personal net session at the BKC Ground in Mumbai. Keep an eye out as Rohit is expected to join the team in Hyderabad on Monday for another planned net session, while Jadeja may skip it due to potential plans to visit Ayodhya. The players made their way to Hyderabad on Saturday, and more updates are on the horizon. Stay tuned for the official announcement of the IPL schedule, expected in the coming days.