Indian Premier League set to underway with the 12th edition in Chennai from March 23. Board of Control of Cricket in India has released the schedule for only first 17 matches till April 5. BCCI official said that the full schedule likely to released on March 18. The schedule will come out on the sidelines of the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators meeting in Mumbai.
Despite this being the year of General Election the IPL COO and his team is working overtime to ensure that the league is played in India. A BCCI official quoted:
“It is expected that the remaining schedule for this season of the IPL will finalize 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.”
Chennai Super Kings will encounter Royal Challenger Bangalore in the tournament opener in Chennai on March 23. In the first phase, each team will play a minimum of two home and two away matches. Delhi Capitals will play three home matches while Royal Challenger Bangalore will play three away games. The COA will meet ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar to discuss the issue of the BCCI complying with World Anti-Doping Agency – National Anti-Doping Agency, in Mumbai on Monday.
ICC Chief Executive
The BCCI has reservations on dealing with NADA while ICC has decided to remain compliant to WADA directives. ICC Chief Executive spoke on the need to get the differences between NADA and BCCI.
“We are trying to help the BCCI sort out the issue with WADA and NADA. We think cricket should be in the 2028 Olympics, but it’s not going to happen unless we are a unified sport. At this stage, we need to convince the BCCI. It is a good thing for cricket in the Olympics from all aspects,” David Richardson said.