The Indian Premier League 2023 season will offer fans an entirely different experience than the last couple of seasons. COVID-19 didn’t make it easy for the fans as the IPL was shifted outside India in 2021 and then it was conducted across four venues in Mumbai last year. So, it didn’t let many fans watch their home team play at their respective home grounds. But things are going to be very different this time.
IPL is back to its original home-away format
IPL 2023 will see each of the 10 teams playing seven of their 14 league matches at their respective home venues, in their respective base cities. This is very exciting news for fans as they can flock to the stadiums once again to watch their favourite cricket stars and home team in action.
IPL matches will now be played across the 10 franchise cities — Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mohali, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Lucknow.
Big Stars Sidelined With Injuries
While the return of the home-away format is great news for the fans, many big names have already been ruled out of the tournament before even the season could get underway. Such names include Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer, Kyle Jamieson, Jonny Bairstow, Josh Hazlewood, and Rajat Patidar. All of these players have built a great fan following over the years, and their absence in IPL 2023 will definitely be disappointing for the fans.
New Digital-Television Broadcast War
India’s digital transformation has led to a massive war between digital streaming and television screening companies. The war is heating up even more as the IPL is such a huge tournament. While Star Sports has the television broadcasting rights for the IPL, Jio Cinema has bought the digital streaming rights.
Both companies are now trying to lure fans their way. But the good news for fans is that this war would mean a lot ofperks and benefits for them. The streaming and television companies may offer them a chance to win many exciting and attractive gifts throughout the IPL 2023 season. So, it is going to create a great experience for fans.
Fans Can Go Back to IPL Screening Parks Again
Relaxed COVID-19 restrictions mean fans can turn up in numbers to watch their favourite matches in the IPL screening parks again. Such events are organized across various parks in different cities throughout the course of the tournament. All you need to do is to keep tabs on such events through the Book My Show App, where you can buy tickets to enter and enjoy such events. Watching the IPL on big screens with your friends and family certainly creates a different experience, and one that you can cherish for a long time.