IPL 2022 Format: IPL all set for format change from 2022, BCCI official confirms, ‘No window for 10-team home & away system’

IPL 2022 Format: IPL all set for format change from 2022, BCCI official confirms, ‘No window for 10-team home and away system’
IPL 2022 Format: IPL all set for format change from 2022, BCCI official confirms, ‘No window for 10-team home and away system’

IPL 2022 Format: 10-team IPL 2022 to change format – for The IPL 2022 is all set for a massive change. The BCCI is planning to let go of the current home and away system with the introduction of two new teams and revert to the IPL 2011 format with two groups of five each a top BCCI official confirmed to InsideSport. However, that won’t see the number of games drop for any franchise. All teams will still play 14 games each over a 50-day window.

IPL 2022 Format: With the inclusion of two new teams from IPL 2022, as per the current format, the number of matches would have increased to 94, a staggering amount. Hence, it would have required at least 74 days to accommodate all the matches. But as ICC is unwilling to allow a longer window and other cricket boards expected not to grant NOC for a longer period considering Future Tours Programme (FTP), BCCI will revert to IPL 2011 format with two groups of five each.

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“Ideally we do want to have home and away format but playing 94 matches during a season is not feasible. It will take over 70 days and will put a lot of strain on the players. There will be a change in format for sure. We haven’t decided on it yet and we already have a format for 10-team. But we will take a final call after discussing with all the stakeholders at a later stage,” the BCCI official told InsideSport.

IPL 2022 Format: IPL all set for format change from 2022, BCCI official confirms, ‘No window for 10-team home & away system’

IPL 2022 Format: Currently, in the eight-team tournament, a total of 60 matches are played over an around 50-day period in a home and away system including 10 double-headers. But in a 10-team format, the number of games will go up drastically and as BCCI isn’t expected to get over 60 days, the number of double-headers will increase significantly and will put a lot of strain on the players. Hence, BCCI has all but dismissed the idea of a home and away system.

Furthermore, in a longer IPL, the BCCI has already seen interest drop from the TV audience — something that will not sit well with the official broadcaster Star. To keep the audience engaged, the season needs to be engaging and crisp.

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“The window will remain the same or will have a little more than 54 days to complete the tournament. If we have 94 matches, it will be a long and less interesting one. Nobody wants that. We need a balance and we will reach there,” the official told InsideSport.

IPL 2022 Format: IPL all set for format change from 2022, BCCI official confirms, ‘No window for 10-team home & away system’

IPL 2022 Format: What is the new format BCCI is planning?

  • Instead of an 8-team round-robin format, IPL 2022 will be played in two groups of five teams each.
  • Each team will play four other teams in the group on a home and away system.
  • Then, they will play four teams from the other group once and the remaining team once.
  • It will keep the matches per team to 14 while increasing the total number of matches to 74 without needing any additional days.
  • In the play-off round will consist of four matches — Qualifier 1, Eliminator 1, Qualifier 2 and the Final.
  • After the league stage, all the teams will be pooled together and ranked based on their points and wins in league matches.
  • The top two in the league stage will clash in Qualifier 1 and the winner will go straight to the final.
  • Eliminator 1 will be played between the 3rd and 4th placed teams with the loser bowing out and the winner playing Qualifier 2 against the losing team of Qualifier 1.
  • The final will be played between the winner of Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2 as it is currently.

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“We don’t know the format yet but yes we expect it to return to the 2011 model with 10 teams. I think, it will reduce the costs of having a longer window while also keeping the existing 14-match format intact. It is a little complicated but it suits the purpose well and all the 10 teams can play against each other. But we will have to see the final output when BCCI officially confirms it. Right now, we are only focused on finishing IPL 2021 without any hassle,” the franchise official told InsideSport.co.

IPL 2022 Format: IPL all set for format change from 2022, BCCI official confirms, ‘No window for 10-team home & away system’

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