Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) working president KT Rama Rao has appealed to the Board of Cricket Control In India(BCCI) for Hyderabad to be included as one of the venues for IPL 2021. The BCCI had shortlisted six venues for the IPL 2021 to be Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Delhi, and Bengaluru which rules out the home advantage of Sunrisers, Royals, and the Punjab Kings.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the bio bubble restrictions, it becomes hard for the players to travel from state to state during the IPL frequently, hence earlier the BCCI had planned a single venue to host the entire tournament. But, later BCCI has explored the possibilities of having the IPL 2021 in four to five cities and have narrowed down the cities which could be in line with conducting the IPL 2021.
BCCI Prioritises The Health Condition Of The Participants
The TRS president requested the BCCI to include Hyderabad among the venues on Twitter and explained how the state has evolved in lowering the number of Covid cases. The bio bubble securities have made it tough for the BCCI to plan an IPL around the whole nation earlier, and the BCCI official revealed the health condition of the participants to be taken as a priority.
“Open appeal to @BCCI and @IPL office bearers to include Hyderabad as one of the venues for upcoming IPL season. 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,” tweeted KT Rama Rao.
“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 BCCI official had earlier said.
Franchises Open To Welcome Multi Venue IPL 2021
An IPL franchise official said that they are keen to play the IPL 2021 across cities and explained the difficulties behind it. The official told that the situation could become worse if one city gets affected quickly by the constant change in the number of cases and this might have to be tackled if any other city takes up the responsibility to host the games to reduce the difficulty of the board.
“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,” an IPL franchise official said.
The IPL 2020 was a big success in the tough pandemic times with record-breaking viewership in television and was held in UAE in three venues