IPL 2022: Six cities shortlisted by BCCI to get a franchise in the IPL 2022

IPL 2021 Venues: IPL to be hosted among 6 Indian cities, Know the cities.

IPL 2021 Venues: BCCI pulled back from the initial plans of hosting the fourteenth edition of the Indian Premier League in Mumbai and Pune after the surge in the covid cases in the cities and Ahmedabad hosting the playoff games of the tournament. It is learnt that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finalised the six venues for the upcoming edition of the Indian T20 League and all the games will be played across these cities.

The six shortlisted cities include – Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. Earlier, the Board was considering Hyderabad as the venue in place of Delhi. However, it is learnt that they could not include Hyderbad for the reasons concerning the local cricket association. While Delhi has been shortlisted in its place as the venue for the IPL 2021.

According to the Times of India, the Maharashtra government has given a green signal for the Wankhede Stadium to host the IPL games. However, the games will be played behind closed gates without spectators, just like in the three ODI’s in Pune.

The fourteenth edition of IPL, which is scheduled to begin on 11th April and the final to be played on 6th June (tentatively) may not find the spectators in few venues while in some venues there will be permission for a 50 per cent crowd capacity.

Some of the IPL franchises are not happy with the decision to carry out the whole tournament in just six venues, while some are blowing hot and cold. It will be watchful how the BCCI forms eight bio-bubbles in these six venues and conduct the cash-rich tournament successfully.

“It is scary. The idea of scheduling the whole tournament in two or three venues sounded much better than the six venues. Last time, BCCI had three grounds in UAE and they conducted the games smoothly there,” a franchise representative said.

The BCCI has proposed an idea for dividing the teams into groups and all the teams will play within their groups before they move out to play with other teams. In this way, all the teams will have to play home and away games in a group first and then playing with other groups.

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