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IPL 2022 likely to kick-off on April 2, says Report

The next edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), which will now be a ten-team affair following the addition of Ahmedabad and Lucknow recently, is most likely to begin on April 2 in Chennai.

According to a report in Cricbuzz, the fixtures of the upcoming season have not been finalised yet however, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has internally conveyed to the key stakeholders that the board is planning to start the 16th edition of the lucrative league on April 2 in Chennai.

As the next season will have a total of 74 games, the BCCI has discussed internally that the length of the season will be for over 60 days. As a result, the final could be played in the first weekend of June.

In the revised format, each team will have 14 league games with the current format of seven home and away games each retained.

Meanwhile, as the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are the defending champions, Chepauk stadium will be the obvious choice for the inaugural game however, there is no formal call on whether their opponents will, again, be Mumbai Indians, which has been the case mostly.

Recently, in his speech at CSK’s fourth IPL win celebration event in Chennai, board secretary Jay Shah had said that the IPL will be making a return to India after the entire 2020 season and a half-season of 2021 edition were staged in the UAE due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I know you all are waiting to see the CSK play at Chepauk. Well, the moment is not very far. The 15th season of the IPL will take place in India and it will be more exciting than ever with two new teams joining. We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah had said at the function.

On the other hand, the Mega Auction for the next IPL season will be staged in December and the board secretary expected that the event will be ever more interesting with new combinations.

“We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah had further said.

Earlier on October 25, the BCCI had confirmed that the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group and international investment firm – CVC Capital – have bagged the ownership rights of the two new franchises of the cash-rich league.

“BCCI is pleased to announce the following successful bidders (subject to definitive documentation and other formalities being completed): 1. RPSG Ventures Ltd. – Lucknow (for INR 7090 crores) 2. Irelia Company Pte Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) – Ahmedabad (for INR 5625 crores),” the board had said.

This year, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg following which, the board had announced to shift the league to the UAE.

CSK must be slightly disappointed that they have to get out of Chennai: Parthiv

Former Indian Wicket Keeper Parthiv Patel feels that MS DHoni will be slightly disappointed as his side — Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will have to play out of Chennai in the upcoming season of Indian Premier league (IPL)..

Significantly, the Yellow Brigade had tried to strengthen their spin attack considering that seven of the 14 games they will be playing at their home. However, the IPL Governing Council later announced that none of the teams will play any home game as all the matches will be held at neutral venues.

“See, obviously they must be slightly disappointed that they have to get out of Chennai because they have got Moeen Ali in their squad, they have got K Gowtham in their squad. Last year, what went wrong for CSK was, that they were not getting enough runs on the board. Then, in the latter half of the tournament, you see emergence of Ruturaj Gaikwad,” Parthiv said.

“And now with Suresh Raina coming in the squad. I think he holds big key in the CSK lineup and we have seen what he has done throughout the years of IPL. With him coming back and Rituraj Gaikwad doing well in domestic cricket and plus MS Dhoni, they’re great players and you can’t count them out for too long. He (MS Dhoni) had an indifferent season last year but as we saw how keen he is (spoke to him few times) and he is very determined to get CSK’s ball rolling to start with,” he added.

Earlier, the last season of the cash-rich league was a season to forget for three-time champions as it was the only time when they had failed to enter the playoffs.

In order to start afresh and leave the painful memories of previous season behind, CSK had looked at every possible way to strengthen their squad in the recently held mini-auctions, where they tried to bolster their spin attack considering the way Chepauk wicket plays.

However, their decision may now backfire as none of the eight team will play any home game in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

In need of an off-spinning all-rounder, the Yellow Brigade bagged K Gowtham for Rs 9.25 crore, making him the most expensive uncapped player in league’s history, and also acquired the services of England all-rounder Moeen Ali. They already had spinners like Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Sai Kishore, Mitchell Santner and Ravindra Jadeja in the ship.

Significantly of the total 25 players in CSK’s squad, seven of them are spinners. However, after the Governing Council (GC) announced the schedule for the upcoming season, which will begin on April 9, it is clear that the MS Dhoni-led side will now play five games in Mumbai’s Wankhede, four in Delhi’s Kotla, three in Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy and two in Kolkata’s Eden Garden.

Barring Kolkata, the remaining three venues have been batsman’s paradise as the wickets over there are flat and even the boundaries are very small.

The GC’s decision came as a jolt for the Yellow Brigade is evident from the fact that now the CSK franchise, who were holding their training camp in Chennai, is now seriously looking to shift it to Mumbai.

The upcoming edition is now just a month away and the CSK franchise will surely be a bit nervous after the GC’s decision.

With the circumstances now not in favour of CSK, it will now be interesting to see whether the charismatic captain, who is likely to play his last IPL, will be able to deliver as he has done over the years or once again his side will succumb in unfavourable condition.

2nd Test: Rahane confident pitch for 2nd Test will turn from first day

India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane believes that the wicket at MA Chidambaram Stadium for the second Test is completely different from the one used for the first Test and will turn from the very first day of the affair.

“It (pitch) will be completely different. I am sure it will turn from day number one but again as I said before the first Test match, we will have to wait and see how it plays in the first session and then take it from there. We have to forget what happened in the first Test match and focus on this and play good cricket. We know these conditions very well. We have to put our best foot forward tomorrow and play as a team,” said Rahane told reporters on the eve of the second Test.

Significantly, the first Test, which England won by 227 runs, was played on a red soil pitch. However, the second Test will be played on a pitch which is a mixture of black and red soil.

On being asked about the challenge of playing back-to-back Test matches at the same venue, Rahane said: “Wickets are different, we need to adjust. We have played plenty of cricket in Chennai. We are (playing) back-to-back Tests at one venue for the first time.”

Rahane however, refused to comment on the playing XI saying: “Everyone is in the mix. Good thing is that (left-arm spinner) Axar (Patel) is fit. I am not going to tell you who will play tomorrow but Axar is fit to play. All our spinners are very good. Given a chance they will do well.”

The Indians have dropping too many catches and bowled quite many no-balls in the first Test, and speaking on it Rahane said that the team members are working hard on it.

“There will be incidents where catches are dropped… we need to practice hard, especially close-in catching which is very important in India. Sometimes these things happen. No one drops intentionally. Guys are working hard. They all are disappointed what happened in the last game about the no-balls, they are working hard (to ensure the mistakes aren’t repeated).”