The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to take place in its original window. But before that, the allotment of venues has become a matter of debate as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s decision to host games to only a few venues didn’t go down well with some of the franchise owners, who missed out on the opportunity to play at home.
However, now Punjab Kings has written a letter to the BCCI asking for the reason as well as per the Times of India report, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Ahmedabad will host the IPL in 2021.
Meanwhile, Ness Wadia has confirmed, that they have sent a letter to the board asking 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.
Apart from him, Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have also raised objections to BCCI’s proposal as well. The report further suggested that TRS’s KT Rama Rao had also opened up on this matter.
“Open appeal to @BCCI and @IPL office bearers to include Hyderabad as one of the venues for upcoming IPL season,” Rao tweeted, “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”
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
— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) February 28, 2021
Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin had also shared his views on the same matter. He had shared, “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.”
Another franchise official was quoted by Cricbuzz commenting on the three sides losing their home crowd and the business related to it. “We three teams will be badly affected. The teams doing well are the ones who do well at home, win five or six home games and a few away, and that will take you through to the play-offs. Those five teams will have the home advantage, we will have to put up with all away game,” a franchise official said.
Kolkata is likely to have the last leg of the league due to the election process in West Bengal. Mumbai, on the other hand, has been facing issue with the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Keeping all things in mind, TOI suggested that all the playoffs and the final of IPL 2021 will be played in Ahmedabad only. “It won’t make sense for teams to fly out just for a day during the playoffs. So, all matches will be at the same venues,” shared the people related to it.
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