IPL 2021: Mumbai to miss out on conducting IPL games due to surge in covid cases.
IPL 2021: After the sudden surge in the covid cases in the state, Mumbai is all set to miss out on staging the luxurious IPL games in Wankhede Stadium. Earlier, the BCCI and the governing authorities were mulling to keep Mumbai as the hotspot of IPL 2021 games but it seems tables have turned now. For the first time in the history of the Indian T20 League, Mumbai will be ruled out from hosting the IPL games.
Although the final call is not yet taken by BCCI, it is learnt that Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad will be hosting the game of Indian Premier League 2021. With Mumbai missing out on the selected venues, Hyderabad will be drafted in by the BCCI in the place of Mumbai.
The officials of BCCI and IPL GC in the upcoming meet will consider discussing the IPL dates. The fourteenth edition of the Indian Premier League is expected to begin somewhere form 8th – 11th April while the final will be somewhere in the second week of June.
After the IPL auctions 2021, the franchises were informally told that the games will be held in Mumbai and Pune while the playoffs will be conducted in Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
However, in the recent meeting after the wrap of the third test game between India and England, the officials including secretary Jay Shah, Treasurer Arun Dhumal and others looked reluctant to give a green signal to Mumbai as the venue after the rise in the cases.
According to the reports available, Maharashtra is accountable for half of the covid cases in the country. Out of the total of 169,000 cases in India, Maharashtra alone had 78,212 cases. Also, the state was not able to handle the virus and the result of which can be seen in the stats of cases.
If Mumbai will be selected as one of the venus for the IPL games, the games will be conducted behind the closed gates. While the other venues might host the fans in 50 per-cent capacity.