South Africa could be in the radar to have the 2022 release of the Indian Premier League (IPL), as indicated by a paper report on Thursday.
The report said that Sri Lanka could be a reinforcement scene choice if the third rush of the Covid-19 pandemic in India doesn’t end by early April.
In 2021, the fourteenth release of the IPL in India was suspended after May 4 because of the second rush of the Covid-19 pandemic penetrating the bio-bubble of different groups. The rest of the competition was then played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with Chennai Super Kings winning the last on October 15 in Dubai.
“We can”t be dependent on UAE all the time so we decided to explore more options, South Africa’s time difference also works out well for the players,”stated by BCCI officials.
With the expansion of two new IPL groups in Lucknow and Ahmedabad, the 2022 version of the IPL will be extremely long. In the event that the move occurs, it will be the second time South Africa would have the IPL after the 2009 release was moved there because of the overall decisions in India.
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What has helped construct South Africa’s case is that they gave the Indian group, presently in the country for a three-match Test series followed by an ODI series of as many matches, great inns and resorts where they are remaining in a bio bubble environment.
“The place where the team was staying for the second Test is spread over several acres. There were walking tracks and even a pond on the property and that has made things easier for the players who for the last couple of years or so have been confined to their rooms on several overseas tours,”further added by him.
It just so happens, India’s visit to South Africa was under immense vulnerability because of the Omicron variation causing a flood in cases in the Rainbow Nation.
Ultimately, the event dates were rescheduled and the T20I leg moved to a later date. In any case, with cases descending in South Africa, it very well may be an optimal objective for IPL to occur assuming the third wave in India proceeds into April 2022