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IPL 2022 format: Two groups of five, each team still plays 14 league games

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The BCCI announced on Friday that the 10 IPL teams will play 14 league matches each (7 home and 7 away). Each team will play five teams twice and the remaining four teams only once.

To ensure this, the 10 teams have been divided into two virtual groups of five, based on a seeding system determined by the number of IPL championships won and the number of final appearances.

The two groups shape up as:

Group A Group B
Each team will play twice against the teams in their group and against the team in the same row in the other group. Against the remaining four teams in the other group, each team will play only once.

For example, KKR will play twice in the league stages against MI, RR, DC, LSG and SRH (the team in the same row in the other group). KKR will play only once against CSK, RCB, PBKS and GT.

The format is similar to that used for the 2011 edition, when IPL had two new teams in Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

The BCCI also confirmed a Cricbuzz report from yesterday that the IPL will kick off on March 26 and wrap up on May 29, with 70 league matches set to be played across four venues in Mumbai and Pune.

Each team will play 4 matches each at Wankhede Stadium and DY Patil Stadium, and 3 matches each at Brabourne Stadium (CCI) and MCA International Stadium, Pune.

"The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League will be played in a bio-secure environment at a single hub to avoid air travel which is considered as a major threat for the spread of COVID-19 infection, thereby affecting the players and the League/matches," the BCCI explained.

The venue for the playoff matches will be decided later, as IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel had confirmed to Cricbuzz earlier.

Venue Number of Matches
Mumbai - Wankhede Stadium 20 Matches
Mumbai - Brabourne Stadium (CCI) 15 Matches
Mumbai - DY Patil Stadium 20 Matches
Pune - MCA International Stadium 15 Matches

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