If words of Delhi Capitals’ (DC) co-owner Parth Jindal are to be believed, the league stage of the upcoming 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) could be played in Mumbai itself, and then the playoffs could be played in Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad.
Thanks to the Covid pandemic, the BCCI had to stage the IPL 2020 in UAE across three venues- Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai, that too at a postponed date from September- November. The entire tournament was also played behind closed doors and without crowds, with the players living for three months in UAE under strict bio-bubbles.
I Can’t Fathom The IPL Moving Out Of India: Parth Jindal
According to Parth Jindal, who is the co-owner of the IPL franchise Delhi Capitals, if England is touring India and has crowds in the audience if Vijay Hazare Trophy will be played and Syed Mushtaq Ali was played in India recently, why can’t the entire IPL be played in India itself.
“From what I’m hearing and seeing, if England can come and tour, if the ISL (Indian Super League) can happen all in Goa, if Vijay Hazare Trophy (domestic 50-over competition) and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (T20 competition) can happen across venues, I can’t fathom the IPL moving out of India. I do believe the IPL will happen in India,” Jindal told ESPNCricinfo.
IPL Contemplating League Stages In Mumbai Stadiums And Playoffs In Ahmedabad: Parth Jindal
Parth Jindal further added that the IPL is mulling having the league stages in Mumbai, given that it has three international level grounds in the Wankhede Stadium, the Brabourne Stadium, and the DY Patil ground. This will reduce the cost of traveling and creating bio-bubbles for the franchises as well.
He also said that the playoffs stage might be moved to Ahmedabad, given that it recently hosted the knockouts of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy.
“I believe they’re contemplating whether to have the league phase at one venue (city) and playoffs at another venue. There’s a lot of chatter about Mumbai being possibly being one venue because it has three grounds (Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, DY Patil Stadium) and enough practice facilities, and Motera (Ahmedabad) hosting the knockouts, but it’s all unverified, it’s all just what I am hearing,” Jindal said.
Though the dates of the IPL 2021 and the venue have not been confirmed yet, Brijesh Patel, the IPL chairman has indicated that the BCCI will do everything to host the tournament in India and also have crowds in the stadium.