While the first match of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) is just a handful of days away, there is still no official update on when the full schedule of the tournament will be out. The twelfth edition of the IPL will get underway on March 23 with defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament-opener. The BCCI has so far only released the schedule for only the first 17 games till April 5.
The board, while announcing the schedule last month, had stated that the remainder of the schedule would be announce once the dates for the Lok Sabha elections are out. The election dates are already out this week but the BCCI is yet to give an update on the IPL schedule.
This is the first time the IPL is being held entirely in India despite the elections. In 2009, the BCCI had shifted the whole tournament to South Africa. Five years later, the initial part of the tournament was played in UAE before returning to India.
Now according to reports, the complete schedule is expected to be out on the sidelines of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) meeting in Mumbai on Monday. The IPL COO and his team have been working overtime to ensure that despite this being the year of the general election, the league is played in India. It is expected that the remaining schedule for this season of the IPL would be finalised and announced on Monday when the CoA meets.
“The IPL COO and his team are working overtime on this and it is a credit to them that the BCCI can even hope of holding the entire season in India this year,” a BCCI official told IANS.
According to the released schedule, a total of 17 matches will be played during this 2 weeks period across the 8 home venues of the respective franchises. All teams will play minimum of 4 matches with Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore playing 5 matches. Every team will play minimum of 2 home and 2 away matches with DC playing 3 home matches, while RCB will play 3 away matches.
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