IPL 2024 Set To Kick Off On March 22 In India: Report

The cricketing fervour is about to reach its zenith as the Tata IPL 2024 gears up for a riveting start on March 22. In the build-up to this much-anticipated season, challenges stemming from India’s general elections, player availability intricacies, and record-breaking auction moments have captured the attention of fans and pundits alike. March 22 is earmarked as the commencement date for IPL 2024, promising an exhilarating season that extends until the end of May, according to Dainik Jagran. However, the scheduling intricacies are heightened by the concurrent general elections. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), led by Secretary Jay Shah, is working closely with government entities, notably Home Minister Amit Shah, to navigate potential challenges and ensure the smooth execution of the tournament.

IPL 2024 Auction Unleashes Records

The recently concluded IPL 2024 auction, hosted in Dubai last month, witnessed cricketing history being rewritten. The Australian pace sensation, Mitchell Starc, stole the spotlight by becoming the most expensive player ever in IPL history. Kolkata Knight Riders secured Starc’s services with a staggering bid of Rs24.75 crore. This record-breaking auction also saw a remarkable 57% increase in viewership compared to the previous edition.

BCCI Secretary’s Announcement

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah proudly announced that the IPL 2024 auction captivated a massive audience, garnering a total of 22.8 million viewers. This figure surpassed the viewership recorded in the 2022 auction, solidifying the IPL’s status as one of the most-watched sporting events globally.

Teams Gear Up After Auction

With the auction dust settling, IPL franchises have swiftly fine-tuned their squads. The stage is now set for an intense cricketing battle as teams gear up for the upcoming season. Five-time champions, Chennai Super Kings, led by the iconic MS Dhoni, are particularly eager to defend their crown.

MS Dhoni’s Return Sparks Optimism

Chennai Super Kings’ CEO, Kasi Viswanathan, expressed optimism regarding MS Dhoni’s return to the field. Addressing concerns about Dhoni’s knee injury, Viswanathan assured fans that the former Indian captain has been recuperating well. Dhoni is actively participating in rehabilitation programs and has commenced training. The CEO confidently stated, “By the time the next IPL starts, I am sure he will be fit to play.”

IPL Amidst General Elections

While concerns loom over the proximity of the IPL to the general elections, the BCCI remains steadfast in its decision to keep the tournament on home soil. A BCCI source clarified that any state unwilling to host matches due to justified reasons could lead to a shift in venue, ensuring flexibility amidst the dynamic circumstances.