The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the complete IPL 2021 schedule. As per BCCI’s schedule, the tournament will start from April 9 this year with Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore playing the first game of the tournament in Chennai. BCCI has shortlisted six venues for the tournament which include, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata.
The newly-built Narendra Modi Stadium will host the playoff matches and also the final of the tournament which is all set to take place on May 30 this year. No team has been allotted home and Each team is set to play at four venues during the league stage. Out of the 56 league matches, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata & Bengaluru will host 10 matches each while Ahmedabad and Delhi will host 8 matches each.
BCCI Announces The Complete Schedule Of IPL 2021
In a media advisory issued on Sunday, the BCCI stated, “The IPL Governing Council on Sunday announced the schedule for VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 to be held in India. After nearly two years, the IPL extravaganza will return home with Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata hosting the marquee event.”
“The season will kickstart on 9th April, 2021 in Chennai with a high octane clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The World’s Largest Cricket Stadium – Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the Playoffs as well as the final on 30th May, 2021 which promises to be a visual spectacle. The newly-built stadium that hosted India’s second Pink Ball fixture at home with great grandeur will host its first ever IPL,” the statement further read.
No Fans To Be Allowed Initially
“After hosting the tournament safely and successfully in the UAE last year with all safety protocols in place, the BCCI is confident of hosting the IPL at home with health and safety of players and all people involved being paramount,” asserted the statement.
“The fixtures of the tournament have been mapped in a way that every team will travel only three times during the league stage, thus reducing commute and minimising risk. The VIVO IPL this year at home will be played behind closed doors, to begin with and a call on allowing spectators will be taken at a later stage of the tournament,” the statement concluded.
Below is the complete schedule of IPL 2021: