IPL franchises have voiced their objection to five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians playing at their home venue Wankhede Stadium.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is considering holding the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League across six venues in India.
BCCI likely to hold IPL 2022 across six venues in Maharashtra and Gujarat
Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad are the three cities shortlisted by the Indian board to stage nearly 70 IPL matches for IPL 2022. Five venues in Maharashtra, four of which are in the capital city Mumbai itself, are part of the planning.
According to a report by Sportstar, the BCCI shortlisted Wankhede Stadium (home ground of Mumbai Indians), Brabourne Stadium, Dr. D.Y. Patil Sports Stadium and the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in Pune were part of the earlier proposal. The Indian board has also added Jio Stadium in Navi Mumbai as the fifth venue in the Maharashtra state. The playoffs are likely to be staged at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
It will be unfair if MI play a lot of their matches at Wankhede: Opposition Franchise members
The BCCI’s plan to stage IPL in one city is to avoid the risk of air travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the franchises have expressed their concerns with Mumbai Indians enjoying the home advantage at Wankhede Stadium, which has been their home for more than a decade.
“None of the other teams are getting home matches. It will be unfair if MI play a lot of their matches at Wankhede, which has been their den for years. The franchises have raised this concern. The franchisees don’t have an issue with Mumbai Indians play bulk of their matches at DY Patil stadium and in Pune. Even the Brabourne stadium is fine. Hopefully, the BCCI will look into the matter,” an anonymous franchise member told Times of India.
During the first phase of IPL 2021 in India, the BCCI had ensured that no team played a single match on its home turf when matches were held in Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad.