The much-awaited 17th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2024) will reportedly be played from March 22 to May 26. The BCCI is yet to announce the tournament schedule as this year’s general elections have made things a bit complicated for them. In 2009, the tournament was played entirely outside India due to elections, while in 2014, a portion of the tournament was played outside the country.
However, in 2019, the BCCI managed to conduct the competition in the country even though the general elections were going on and the upcoming IPL season will also be held in India. However, the tournament schedule has not yet been announced.
IPL 2024 will start on March 22:
According to Cricbuzz, IPL 2024 will begin on March 22, five days after the second edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) ends. The final of IPL 2024 is scheduled for May 26, just five days before the start of the ICC T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the United States of America.
While Team India will open its campaign on June 5, foreign players could skip the final matches of the tournament to join their teams and prepare for the World Cup. The BCCI has received assurances from most cricket committees that their players will be available till the final. However, some players may still leave to prepare for the World T20.
The report states that the BCCI recently held discussions regarding the schedule with its stakeholders. The board proposed the window of February 22 to March 17 for WPL 2024 and March 22 to May 26 for IPL 2024. The schedule is likely to be officially announced in a couple of days.
The report also states that confirmation of the schedule can only be made after the election dates are announced. However, the BCCI is confident of hosting the entire competition in the country. A total of ten teams will participate in IPL 2024. Chennai Super Kings are the defending champions and are likely to remain in action on the opening day. The final will also take place in Chennai.