Updated: 12 October
The BCCI & IPL governing council had even thought of an expansion of a 10-teams IPL rather than 8 just after the 2020 season but it got delayed due to Corona.
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The big change from 8-team to 10-team tournament is likely to be made from the 15th edition of the IPL. And this change with the addition of two new teams will also bring about a change in the IPL format.
Two New Teams In IPL 2022
Cricket lovers have been curious for a long time that which will be the two new teams of IPL 2022? The speculation market is hot. Many names are floating in the discussion but if reliable sources and some reports are to be believed, then Ahmedabad and Lucknow can be two new teams. There is also a strong side to this.
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The secretary of BCCI is Jay Shah who belongs to Gujarat, and the chairman of IPL is Rajeev Shukla from Uttar Pradesh. So it is very likely that the 2 new IPL teams will be the same. Ahmedabad’s home ground will be the newly built Narendra Modi Stadium while Lucknow’s Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be Ekana Stadium.
BCCI shortlisted 6 cities (Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Cuttack, Guwahati, Dharmshala &Ranchi for two new IPL teams and planning to e-auction on October 17 to finalize two teams out of 6.
IPL 2022 New Format
IPL presently is held in a round-robin format with every team playing against the other 7 teams twice in the league round. The tournament then enters the playoffs with 2 Qualifiers and 1 Eliminator round before the final. Now, the round-robin league format would need to be converted into a group format with 10 teams being divided into two groups of 5.
BCCI is not ready for 94 matches yet. Even broadcasters are not ready. There are issues around foreign player availability and finding a suitable window for IPL.
Format changes in IPL 2022
The mega auction, IPL franchise can retain a total of 3 players (not yet confirmed by BCCI)
There will be a total of 74-matches in IPL 2022. 10 IPL teams will be divided into 2 groups.
The total duration of IPL matches will be a 60-day season, currently, it’s a 54-day season.
There will be an increase in salary cap by the IPL franchise.
IPL 2022 Live Streaming
You can watch IPL 2022 live on Star sports (10 channels in 6 languages)