The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has indicated to increase the number of Indian Premier League (IPL) matches every season in the next cycle of 2023-27. For now, the indication is that the number of IPL matches will be increased after every two seasons. A total of 410 matches are expected to be played in five years. Talking about IPL 2022, a total of 74 matches were played including the final.
According to the Cricbuzz report, 74-74 matches will be played in the first two years of the new cycle i.e. in 2023 and 2024, while in the next few years the number of matches will be 84 in a season. 94 matches can be played in the fifth and final season of the cycle. However, the BCCI has also kept the option of 84 matches open. The auction calls for bidding with a count of 410 matches and not 370 matches.
However, it is not clear how the BCCI and IPL organizers will split the number of games for each team, so that 84 matches are held. However, if 94 matches are played, each team will play each other twice, with one match at home and the other at the other team’s home ground. In this way, there will be a total of 90 league matches and four playoff matches will be played.
However, the BCCI will have to work out a formula for the 84-match edition to be 74 games, similar to this season. Currently the league was divided into two groups of five teams each. In this, each team was to play two matches against four other teams in their group and two matches against the front team of the other group and one match each against the rest of the teams. In this way each team got 14-14 matches.