That’s ahead of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announcing the venue for the 15th edition of the tournament later next month.
It’s believed that Cricket South Africa’s bid included making a case for the country as a cheaper option than the United Arab Emirates, where the second leg of the tournament was held in 2021.
The Indian cricket board has informed its 10 IPL franchises that the venue will be finalised around 20 February, with India being the front-runner and the UAE and South Africa also viable options due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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The Indian cricket team recently completed its three-Test and three-ODI engagement in South Africa without any bio-bubble breach or Covid-related issues.
CSA has apparently proposed hosting the matches in four centres in and around Johannesburg, with the teams’ bio-secure environment in the city. The four venues – Wanderers (Johannesburg), SuperSport Park (Pretoria), Willowmoore Park (Benoni) and Senwes Cricket Stadium (Potchefstroom) – are floodlit and within driving distance of each other.
South Africa hosted the IPL in 2009 across eight venues, due to elections taking place in India at the time.