Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao has urged BCCI to host some IPL games in Hyderabad, citing the low number of Covid-19 cases in the city. The Minister’s tweet has come after TOI had revealed the six cities that are in fray for the upcoming IPL. Hyderabad was not among them.
Our effective COVID containment measures are reflected in our low number of cases among all metro cities in India & we assure you of all support from the Govt
— KTR (@KTRTRS) February 28, 2021
Meawhile scheduling issues continue to plague the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is tentatively set to be held from April to June this year. The tournament will be held in India itself unlike the 2020 edition that took place entirely in the UAE. However, the original plan was for the group stages of the tournament to be held in two cities – Pune and Mumbai, before the play-offs and final was set to be played in Ahmedabad. However the BCCI has now come up with a new arrangement and has shortlisted six cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Kolkata – to host the tournament, according to a report in The Times of India.
The idea has reportedly not gone down very well with franchises, given the fact that the previous editon of the tournament was held seamlessly but only involved three venues being used.“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,” a franchise representative said.
There are also seemingly issues about the lack of clarity with regards to the plans being made and franchise owners and representatives will need to be brought into the loop sooner rather than later.