The new wave of Covid-19 is likely to rule out Mumbai as a venue for the IPL 2021. Initially, it was meant to be the central hub of the tournament this year, but the BCCI is thinking about the possibility of hosting IPL outside Maharashtra for the first time, according to a report in ESPNCricinfo.
While the final decision is yet to be made, it is believed that venues like Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Delhi have been finalised already for conducting the tournament. The dates will too, will be finalised soon, which could be between April 8 & 12. It is also learnt that the franchises were told at the IPL auction 2021, that the tournament will largely be held at Mumbai, along with some matches in Pune, while the knockouts could take place in Ahmedabad.
Meanwhile, The BCCI’s decision to allot IPL 2021 matches to only a few venues hasn’t gone down well with some of the stakeholders, who missed out on the opportunity, playing in front of home crowd. Now, Punjab Kings has written a letter to the board asking for an explanation for the same. According to the Times of India, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Ahmedabad are among the cities, to host the tournament.
Ness Wadia has confirmed, that they have asked the BCCI for an explanation. “We have sent the BCCI a query on why we have been excluded. We would like to know the reason. We have also asked for more clarification on how this process works,” TOI quoted Wadia as saying.
The report further suggests that other teams are likely to follow the suit. TRS’s KT Rama Rao had also asked to give support to Hyderabad stadium.
Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin had echoed the same emotion. He had written, “I strongly support the appeal by @ktrtrs. Hyderabad is absolutely capable in handling and conducting @IPL as per @BCCI’s directives and preparing a bio-secure bubble.