Will ensure IPL stays in India: Jay Shah

Mumbai:BCCI will ensure that the IPL stays in India, said the Indian cricket board secretary Jay Shah on Saturday after a meeting with owners of 10 franchises.

Shah, however, didn’t rule out Plan B, saying the BCCI will concurrently work on back-up option due to rising Covid-19 numbers in the country.

The IPL will commence from the last week of March and run till May end.

The BCCI secretary also confirmed that the upcoming IPL mega auction will take place on February 12 and 13, with the venue yet to be announced.

In a statement, Shah said, “I’m delighted to confirm that the 15th season of the IPL will start in the last week of March and will run until May end. A majority of the team owners expressed their wish that the tournament be held in India.”

“The BCCI was always keen on staging the 2022 edition that will see two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – in India. I can tell you that we will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that IPL stays in India.

“The BCCI has not compromised on the health and safety of its stakeholders in the past and will concurrently work on Plan B since the Covid-19 situation with new variants remains fluid.

“The mega IPL auction will take place on February 12-13th and we will lock in venues before that,” Shah added.

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