The upcoming 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all but confirmed to take place in India itself and now, according to the sources the dates for the mega-event have also been finalized.
In a recent report in India Today, the 14th edition of the flagship T20 league is likely to commence on April 9th with the final to be played on May 30th. The 8-team competition will be played in its regular format – each team meeting each other twice with the top four advancing for the next round – spanning for 52 days.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been keen on staging the tournament in India itself, unlike last time when it was forced to shift to the UAE, in the cities of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah, in wake of the covid-19 outburst in India.
The governing body has zeroed down on six venues for IPL 2021 – Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, and possibly in Mumbai too, and are hoping to get permission to allow entry of fans to fill the stadiums partly.
3 franchises not happy with BCCI’s choice of venues for IPL 2021
Three IPL franchises – Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, and Sunrisers Hyderabad – are unhappy with BCCI’s choice of the venues as they will miss the home games and the revenue which comes with it.
Co-owner of the Punjab Kings, Ness Wadia has written a letter to the BCCI demanding an explanation for the same as fans of Punjab, along with Rajasthan and Hyderabad are being deprived of the home matches.
“We have sent the BCCI a query on why we have been excluded. We would like to know the reason. We have also asked for more clarification on how this process works,” Times of India quoted Wadia as saying.
Former India captain and President of Hyderabad Cricket Association, Mohammad Azharuddin has also asked for the same and assured the BCCI of the bio-bubble protocols to be strictly followed if Hyderabad hosts any games in IPL 2021.
— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) February 28, 2021