Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) mentor and former India batsman VVS Laxman has opined that The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) have not yet confirmed whether the upcoming IPL 2021 edition will take place in India or not.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the IPL 2020 edition was not only postponed from its original starting date of March 29, 2020, to September 2020, but it was also moved out of India and was held in its entirety in the UAE. The matches were played in three venues in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.
With the COVID-19 cases reducing in India and the arrival of Corona vaccines, it is expected that the BCCI will do whatever is possible to hold the IPL 2021 season fully at home and also have fans in the stadiums so that they can enjoy the action up close.
There’s No Clarity As Of Now- VVS Laxman
The SRH mentor VVS Laxman said that the BCCI had not clarified or confirmed whether the upcoming edition of the ultra-popular T20 league will take place in India or not given the ongoing COVID scenario.
“There’s no clarity as of now. The BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] will weigh various options, and do whatever is best for the tournament. We know it’s a high-profile tournament and there are various stakeholders who play a very important part in the tournament,” said VVS Laxman, mentor of the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday.
India has begun vaccination of frontline workers including doctors, nurses, cleanliness workers, army, police, and other COVID warriors. This brings good news for cricket lovers as well, as BCCI may also look in the same direction as well.
Conditions Differ In Every Part Of India Hence We Have A Squad Of 25- Laxman
Sunrisers Hyderabad had a brilliant outing in the recent IPL 2021 auction. They brought three players in the auction in J Suchith, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Kedar Jadhav. Speaking about the franchise’s performance in the IPL 2021 auction, mentor VVS Laxman said that the management wanted to be ready for all conditions.
“Even if the tournament happens in India you get different conditions in different parts of the country. If you go to Chennai then you get a turner. In Mumbai or Bengaluru, you get belters for the batsmen. So there’s a reason why we have a squad of 25,” said Laxman.
The BCCI has made it clear that the cash-rich T20 tournament will be held in India this time around, there is still no confirmation on the venue. A final decision on whether the IPL will be held in India, or overseas, will be taken by the Union government due to the Covid-19 pandemic.