Tata IPL 2022 to be held in South Africa? CSA sends proposal to BCCI: In a massive development, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has come forward to throw its hat in the ring for staging Tata IPL 2022. CSA has proposed to host the entire IPL 2022 in the Protea nation with secure bio-bubbles.
The Tata IPL 2022 has expanded to the 10 teams with Lucknow SuperGiants and Ahmedabad getting a clear nod from the BCCI. Though the BCCI clearly aim to host the fifteenth edition of the IPL in India, however, if circumstances don’t permit, the BCCI will have to switch to the fallback options available.
Cricket South Africa in its proposal said hosting IPL in the Rainbow nation would be much cheaper than in UAE and the travel cost would also be less than what the franchises paid in the middle east.
According to the report of Cricbuzz, the BCCI and CSA are involved in discussions for staging the IPL 2022. The emphasis is primarily on the venues and less travel for the teams.
The matches, if discussions go well, would be held in four major venues in and around Johannesburg. Centurion Park in Pretoria, Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, Willowmoore Park in Benoni, and Senwes Cricket Stadium in Potchefstroom will host the IPL 2022 matches.
Further due to the expansion of the IPL, CSA will allow scheduling a part of the tournament to be held at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town as well as Boland Park in Paarl.
The teams would require bare minimum travel to reach their scheduled ground which would reduce the logistical expense. Moreover, the hotels will be way cheaper than they were in the UAE last year, largely due to the Dubai expo during the IPL 2021.
If BCCI accepts CSA’s proposal to take the Tata IPL 2022 to South Africa, it will be a massive win for the South African cricket board. The IPL will strengthen the Protea cricket board financially.
It must be noted that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shifted IPL 2009 to South Africa due to the scheduled Lok Sabha elections in India. The tournament was bagged by, now defunct, Deccan Chargers thumping Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the final.