The new IPL format is going to be a bit different than the formats of the last season, and that’s because two new teams have been added to the IPL. The schedule of this year is not expanded enough for all the teams to play against each other twice, because that would mean each team would play 18 games each and the tournament would be expanded to 94 games.
The governing council has decided that for this year’s IPL, there are going to be two groups of 5 teams each. All teams will play against the other 4 teams of their group twice, one team of another group twice and the remaining 4 teams of another group once, which means all the 10 teams will still be playing 14 games each.
Also, in spite of the fact that the teams have been classified into two groups, the points table will be a single one for all teams and the teams occupying the top 4 positions in the table, irrespective of which group they are from, will qualify to the playoffs.
The format of the playoffs remains the same, as the top 2 teams will face each other in qualifier one and while the winner qualifies to the final, the losing team gets another chance against the winner of the eliminator which will take place between the third and the fourth-placed team.
A lot of fans are finding the new IPL format very complicated and confusing
The new IPL format might seem complicated to a few fans and it is indeed a bit complicated, but IPL has already taken place in the same format once before, about a decade back, when two new teams from Pune and Kochi were introduced. It is believed that this format is in place just for one season.
From the next season onwards, the schedule will be expanded and the teams will be back playing to every other team twice, which means all 10 teams will play 18 games each. Here is how people reacted on Twitter after the new IPL format was announced today –
IPL fans after seeing the new format of IPL 2022:#TATAIPL #TATAIPL2022 pic.twitter.com/cY1RsAM50o
— GURPANTH SANDHU (@Gurpanthinsan) February 25, 2022Advertisement
Going through IPL's new format and fixture list #IPL2022 #IPL pic.twitter.com/fUIVQNaNiIAdvertisement
— Eshwar K (@MRA_Warrenboi) February 25, 2022
This new IPL thing is very confusing. Hate this format!Advertisement
— G. (@Bibliophileeyy) February 25, 2022
After looking at the format of IPL 2022, I think Rocket Science is very easy to understand.
— Farrago Abdullah (@abdullah_0mar) February 25, 2022Advertisement
I hate this ipl formatAdvertisement
— BSK (@BSKrish05) February 25, 2022
This new #IPL format is awful. @IPL
— wtf (@wtfguyz) February 25, 2022Advertisement
Done with IPL this new format is inadequate and amateurish will downgrade the standard of IPl which has been set in the last decade.Advertisement
Thank you for all the memories @IPL #IPL pic.twitter.com/mg1j0BkByc
— S (@ItsSaurabh_) February 25, 2022Advertisement
IPL 2022 format
2 groups of 5 teams
10 team single round robin (45 matches)
5 team single round robin in each group (10×2=20 matches)
1 match against other group's team (5 matches)
Play off (4 matches)
— Cricket baba (@Cricketbaba5) February 25, 2022
#IPL, home away format good, group format is not right. पूरा मजा,ही किरकिरा कर दिया। 😕#TATAIPL2022 @IPL
— Sujeet Singh (@SrSujeetSingh) February 25, 2022Advertisement
The new IPL format is weird… 🥴Advertisement
— Dhananjay Nagaonkar (@DhannoArsenal) February 25, 2022