Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said that he was very surprised that the BCCI had not considered Mohali’s PCA Stadium as one of the potential venues for conducting the IPL 2021 matches.
The BCCI has moved away from its initial plans to conduct the league stage of the IPL 2021 in Mumbai which has four stadiums at its disposal while hosting the knockout stage at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. However, with a surge of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, the BCCI has dropped the said idea, and now is looking at multiple venues to host the entire tournament.
There Is No Reason Why Mohali Can’t Host IPL And Our Government Will Make All Necessary Arrangements: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh
The BCCI is exploring the option of playing the league across four to five cities, namely Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai. While the logistical part will need further discussion, the idea has been floated and is being discussed by the senior officials of the board.
Earlier, speaking to ANI, a BCCI official in the know of developments had said the idea has indeed been discussed and while it is still early days, the 14th edition of the league could well be played in more than one city if things go as per plan.
This idea has received a positive response from the franchises as well as they feel having multiple options will help to stay flexible with an eye on the COVID-19 situation.
“With multiple cities, obviously there will be individual bubbles. While we want fans from different cities to enjoy the games, the safety of the players and those involved in the league will be a priority,” a BCCI official had said.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said that there is no reason why Mohali cannot host the IPL matches and assured the BCCI that his government will make all necessary arrangements to make sure that players and officials and fans were safe from the COVID 19 pandemic.
“I am surprised at the exclusion of Mohali Cricket Stadium for the upcoming IPL season. I urge and appeal to @BCCI & @IPL to reconsider their decision. There is no reason why Mohali can’t host IPL and our Government will make all necessary arrangements for safety against #Covid19,” Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted.
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I am surprised at the exclusion of Mohali Cricket Stadium for the upcoming IPL season. I urge and appeal to @BCCI & @IPL to reconsider their decision. There is no reason why Mohali can't host IPL and our Government will make all necessary arrangements for safety against #Covid19.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) March 2, 2021