With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shortlisting the venues for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), several states who have missed out have expressed their displeasure quite clearly.
The BCCI has shortlisted Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, and Bengaluru to host IPL 2021 and with Punjab- which also has a franchise called Punjab Kings (previously Kings XI Punjab), missing out from hosting the cash-rich league this year, Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh has expressed his displeasure on multiple platforms.
Amarinder Singh has now written a letter to the BCCI where he has urged the apex body to consider allowing Punjab to host IPL 2021.
Singh also took at Mumbai in his letter, stating that if a state like Maharashtra which is still grappling with Covid-19 can host IPL then what’s wrong with Mohali?
“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 reason behind Punjab not being allotted any IPL matches is because of the ongoing protest against Farm Laws.
The BCCI is of the view that protestors may use the IPL to attract the world’s attention.
“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.
The 2021 edition of the IPL will take place between April 09-May 30 and the knockout fixtures will take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.