The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced six cities that will host the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). BCCI was skeptical about announcing cities due to Covid-19 situations. However, the management board has shortlisted the cities after analyzing the situations. The six cities shortlisted by BCCI for IPL 2021 are Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Delhi. Hyderabad has not been included in the list due to reasons concerning the local cricket association.
Wankhede Stadium Will Host IPL 2021 Matches
Maharashtra government will prepare Wankhede stadium for the IPL 2021 edition. All the matches that will be played in Wankhede stadium will be under strict Covid-19 guidelines. Cricket fans will not be allowed to witness their favorite teams live due to a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in Pune and other connected areas. Wankhede stadium will also not open the gates for spectators in the upcoming India Vs. England ODI series.
Some Stadiums Might Operate at 50% Capacity
Since BCCI has shortlisted six stadiums to host the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) edition, some stadiums might allow cricket fans to enter the stadium and watch their preferred teams compete against each other. However, all the stadiums which will allow in-person attendance will operate at 50% capacity to decrease the threat of Covid-19. The entire management of the respective stadiums will have to follow all the guidelines that will be rolled out by the BCCI and states.
BCCI Will Not Change the Format of IPL
Various franchises have shown their concern regarding the BCCI’s decision of finalizing six cities to host the IPL 2021 edition. As reported by a franchisee representative, the earlier idea of hosting IPL in one or two cities was feasible. The 2020 edition of IPL was hosted around three venues, and it went well. The entire IPL franchise owners and the team will be looking forward to hearing the details regarding the guidelines and bio-bubble arrangements. It is still unsure that teams will be clubbed into groups or not. IPL is scheduled to start from April 11th and stretch till the opening week of June. Since franchise owners started preparing for the matches, thinking that it will be limited to Mumbai and Pune with the play-offs in Ahmedabad, the entire management will be waiting for the final details regarding the bio-bubble arrangements and security protocols.