The much anticipated Tata IPL 2022 will likely have more than 25% capacity crowds. This comes amidst the declining scenario of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the host state of Maharashtra.
Tata IPL 2022 will be conducted across four designated venues in the state of Maharashtra including the Wankhede Stadium and the Cricket Club of India (Brabourne) Stadium in Mumbai, D.Y.Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai and Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
According to the reports, the Board of Cricket Control in India had earlier sought permission from the Maharashtra Government to allow 25% capacity of crowds in the stadiums. The government responded positively to India’s cricket watchdog with a prerequisite to follow all the appropriate covid norms.
However, the BCCI looks confident that the tournament will proceed with 50% of the stadium’s capacity in view of a continuous decline in the number of reported covid cases. The Maharashtra state reported less than 200 covid positive cases for the first time in the past couple of years. Meanwhile, the host cities Mumbai and Pune reported only 31 and 29 cases respectively.
Earlier, the BCCI had allowed the participation of a crowd across multiple venues at India’s bilateral series against Sri Lanka and West Indies that boosted the confidence of Indian players who seized both the series. A massive crowd was witnessed at the PCA Stadium in Mohali and M. Chinnaswamy Stadium where India played Sri Lanka for the test series.
The most awaited Indian Premier League is set to start from 26th March where defending champions Chennai Super Kings will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in a riveting fixture at the Wankhede Stadium. With the addition of two new franchises, a total of 55 matches will be played in a span of two months.