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IPL 2024 to start on March 22 – Reports

IPL 2024 is set to clash alongside the general elections in India.

IPL 2023 final scenes
IPL 2023 final scenes (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Indian Premier League (IPL 2024) will reportedly start on March 22. The ongoing five-match Test series between India and England will end on March 8. Notably, the official schedule is yet to be announced as the dates of the General Elections in India are yet to be announced. Five years back, ahead of the ODI World Cup in England, the Indian Cricket Board faced the same situation.

That tournament was played between March and May 2019 and was played alongside the elections in India. Meanwhile, at this point, the dates of Elections and IPL 2024 are yet to be finalized. Even though the tournament chairperson has stated that the tournament will start on March 22, it is expected that the tournament will conclude on May 26. As reported by Cricbuzz, multiple officials related to the tournament have said this.

Talking about the tournament opener, it will be played in Chennai for the first time after 2012. Apparently, Chennai Super Kings won last season and as per the rules, the defending champions get to play the first game of the tournament at home. However, the IPL chair added that the opponent is yet to be finalized. CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan also echoed the same. Arun Dhumal added that the part schedule will be announced initially

“The league will kick off on March 22 in Chennai,” informed IPL chairperson Arun Singh Dhumal.

“It has not been finalized yet,” stated Dhumal, while Viswanathan added, “We have no information about the opponents as of now.”

“Initially, we will announce the programme for the first 10-12 days,” Dhumal mentioned. The IPL chairman expressed confidence that the league will not have to be moved out of the country to avoid clashes with the elections and there may be more centres involved than just 10.

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