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IPL 2021: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh Writes to BCCI to Consider Mohali as Venue, Takes Dig at Mumbai

IPL 2021: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh Writes to BCCI to Consider Mohali as Venue, Takes Dig at Mumbai

As the BCCI announced the schedule for IPL 2021 on March 7, there are a few associations that are not happy with the venue selection. This year, due to Covid, the entire tournament will be held in six venues only namely Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata. Also to eliminate the home advantage the BCCI has decided to get rid of home games.

As the BCCI announced the schedule for IPL 2021 on March 7, there are a few associations that are not happy with the venue selection. This year, due to Covid, the entire tournament will be held in six venues only namely Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata. Also to eliminate the home advantage the BCCI has decided to get rid of home games.

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Raising the issue, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said that they have written a mail to the BCCI for considering Mohali as a venue, and are ready to take every precaution during the tournament. He also took a dig at the BCCI for including Mumbai as venue that has over 9000 Covid-19 cases per day.

“I have written to them (BCCI) saying if they can have a match in Mumbai, which has had 9,000 cases per day, then what’s wrong with Mohali. We will take the necessary precautions: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on IPL excluding Mohali as match venue.” ANI tweeted.

But the BCCI had earlier clarified that the main reason for not hosting any games in Punjab is due to the ongoing farmers protest in the country. They do not want to the protesters to disrupt the games held at the venue, during the competition.

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“We don’t want a situation to arise where we have an IPL match in Mohali and a farmer agitation march moves towards the stadium. It will attract media attention from all over the world. We don’t want such a situation to arise. Mohali is not among shortlisted venues due to the current scenario in the northern part of India,” a BCCI official had said.