Former India pacer, Rudra Pratap Singh, or commonly known as RP Singh, is pondering over the prospect of a new world record to be created at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad when it will host the IPL 2021 final on May 30th.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday announced the much-awaited schedule of the upcoming 14th edition of the IPL – the tournament will commence on April 9th in Chennai with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Good to see IPL back in India: RP Singh
This year, the tournament in its entirety will be hosted in India; last year due to the covid outbreak in India, the competition was moved to the UAE in the cities of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah.
The IPL 2020 will be played in 6 cities of Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata. The playoffs including the final will be played in the refurbished Motera Stadium which has a capacity of over 1,30,000.
RP Singh, the winner of the 2009 IPL season, took to Twitter to express his elation over IPL 2021 being played in its parent country. He also asks the fans if the final can create a new world record for crowd attendance in a cricket match, which according to mcg.org.au, is currently held by the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne.
“Good to see #IPL back in India. Final in #Ahmedabad will break crowd record?,” RP Singh tweeted.
However, the BCCI also confirmed that the initial stage of the tournament will be played behind closed doors owing to the recent increase in covid cases in the major cities. A call of having spectators in the later phase, especially the play-offs will be taken later.
In the recent Test series between India and England, a portion of the stadium in Ahmedabad was filled with the crowd – the BCCI would be hoping to get permission to do the same in the IPL as well.
No home matches for teams in IPL 2021
Since the BCCI announced the schedule of the tournament, the talking point has been that all the games will be played at neutral venues for all the teams. This will mean that the teams will have to rejig their plans according to which they brought payers in the auction.
“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. One of the highlights of this edition of the VIVO IPL will be the fact that all matches will be played at neutral venues, no team will play at their home venue. All teams will play at 4 out of 6 venues during the league stage,” the release by the BCCI said.
RP Singh tweeted he is happy to see IPL returning back to India.
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) March 7, 2021