IPL 2021: BCCI looking for Multiple venues for IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking for multiple venues for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Earlier, it was reported that BCCI is having a thought of carrying out the league games of the cash-rich league in Mumbai only but the thought does not look feasible now following the surge in the Covid-19 cases in the city.
Mumbai has four stadiums ( Wankhede, Brabourne, DY Patil and Reliance Stadium ) that are capable of conducting the IPL games, and BCCI was of the thought to make eight bio-bubbles and carry out the league games in the city. However, the sudden spikes in the cases of Covid-19 have put the city on high alert while some areas have undergone the lockdown.
“There is still a month left for the IPL to start but obviously some decisions need to be taken. It will be risky to have a single city IPL in Mumbai if there is a steady rise in cases that’s happening right now,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore might host IPL:
“The cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore and Kolkata will be considered for the IPL games, to be specific league games of the Indian T20 Tournament. While Ahmedabad will host the games of the business end.”
The tournament is expected to begin from the second week of April while the final is expected to be held somewhere in the second week of June. last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the tournament was shifted to UAE.
Still, there is no clarity that the tournament will be conducted in India or not. BCCI treasurer, Arun Dhumal told that the final call will the taken once the series between India and England is finished.
According to the sources, if the conditions do not improve in the country, the IPL might get shifted to UAE this year too.