The much-anticipated 2024 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to kick off from March 22 onwards, bringing a wave of excitement among cricket enthusiasts. However, the scheduling has been met with a degree of uncertainty due to the concurrent 2024 general elections, typically conducted in the April-May window.
Historically, the IPL has had to recalibrate its plans when elections coincide. In 2019, the schedule was unveiled in two separate parts, and in 2009, the entire tournament was held in South Africa due to similar circumstances. The looming elections have once again prompted adjustments, with reports from Jagran News indicating that IPL matches will not be hosted in cities scheduled for voting during that period.
Efforts are underway to keep the entire tournament within India, as revealed by BCCI secretary Jay Shah. Discussions between BCCI officials and central government members have taken place, addressing concerns about security during the tournament overlapping with the elections. Assurances have been made to ensure a smooth and secure IPL season.
In an exciting development, the Women’s Premier League (WPL) is gearing up for its 2024 season, following the successful inaugural edition in 2023, entirely held in Mumbai. While there were initial discussions about introducing a home and away concept, this season will see matches in two cities, Delhi and Bangalore, marking progress in the league’s expansion.
Scheduled for the February-March window preceding the 2024 IPL, the WPL season promises captivating matches. Similar to its male counterpart, the women’s edition underwent a mini-auction on December 9, 2023, in Mumbai. The defending champions, Mumbai Indians (MI) women’s team, clinched victory last year by defeating the Delhi Capitals (DC) women’s side in a thrilling final.
As cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the clash of the titans in the IPL and the burgeoning excitement of the WPL, the 2024 season promises to be a cricketing spectacle amidst the backdrop of general elections.