IPL 2021 Venue
IPL governing council are making some changes in their original plan to host the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) 2021 edition between Mumbai and Pune. And part of the playoffs and final in Ahmedabad — The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has now shortlisted six cities to conduct the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The decision on having a venue in Mumbai is still not finalised due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in and around the city. Therefore, IPL 2021 Venue is yet to be finalised by the IPL governing council.
Shortlisted cities are Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Delhi to host IPL this year. Board included Delhi, as apparent, in the list later, after considering that they could not involve Hyderabad for reasons concerning the local cricket association.
The IPL is scheduled to begin in the second week of April (tentatively 11th) and conclude in the opening week of June (tentatively 6th). But, it may not find an audience at some centres. However, some centres may allow fans to max only 50% of the stadium’s capacity. While the BCCI has zeroed in on the decision, it hasn’t had any word with the IPL franchises yet.
Franchises have got to know about this decision unofficially. While some are willing to wait and observe how BCCI goes about organising the tournament across six cities and preparing bio-secure bubbles across these venues for the tournament’s smooth conduct, some franchises are not happy.
What Franchisees Say?
A franchise representative said, “Obviously, it’s scary. The earlier idea of hosting it in one or two cities sounded far better. After all, the 2020 edition was conducted between three venues, and it went well.”
Teams and team owners are waiting to see how the BCCI goes about organising this edition. The board has proposed that the eight franchises be divided into groups, and matches should be conducted venue-wise. All teams will play games according to their allocated venues.
A source said, “The format of the tournament will not change. It’s the same home-and-away format, with each team hosting seven and travelling for the other seven. That’ll mean a total of 60 matches like it is conducted every year. The grouping of teams is only to ensure that preparing bio-secure bubbles becomes easier, and there’s less confusion.”
The decision on whether to club the teams into groups or not is still undecided. Sources further said, “Franchises had started preparing, thinking it was only going to be between Mumbai and Pune, with the playoffs in Ahmedabad. Those plans change now. Franchises will want to know more, and that will happen soon.”