While BCCI’s initial idea was to host the 14th edition of IPL in only one city in India, it plans to stage in four or five cities. The fans would undoubtedly be thrilled to know that India might most likely be the venue for IPL 2021, unlike last year. With the grim COVID-19 situation in India, BCCI had to move the entire leg of the marquee T20 tournament in the UAE.
There have been multiple news on the number of venues slated to host the IPL 2021 fixtures. It emerged that the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai might stage all the league matches while Ahmedabad to host the playoffs of the competition. But as per the latest developments, BCCI is considering Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad, amongst others, as the venues.
A BCCI official remarked that they are exploring the possibility of conducting IPL at more venues than one since the COVID-19 situation has improved. The representative added that the feasibility of the logistics and bio-bubbles would be a significant factor to consider as much as the participation of the health officials.
“We are exploring the possibility of conducting the IPL at more venues than originally planned. The intent is to take it to more fans as the situation is moving towards normalcy. The feasibility of the bio-secure bubble and logistics will of course be crucial to determine the venues finally. It is a fluid situation and the health of the participants is our primary concern,” the official said as quoted by Times Now.
The worry with hosting it in one city is that the COVID-19 situation is constantly changing: BCCI official
The BCCI official added that with a little more time left for IPL 2021, they are looking at options since the worry with hosting in one city is that the pandemic situation is continuously changing. Hence, having multiple cities provides flexibility if the city initially picked to stage the fixture witnesses a challenging situation.
“See, there is still some time left for the league to get underway, but we are more than keen to play the league across a few cities. The worry with hosting it in one city is that the COVID-19 situation is constantly changing. So, if by chance one of the cities picked sees a situation where it gets difficult to host the games, another city can go ahead and logistically it will be easier for the board and the franchises,” he added.