As the forthcoming edition of the much-awaited Indian Premier League is coming closer, more clarity is expected regarding venue and schedule. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly exploring the option of playing the league across four to five cities. While the logistical part will need further discussion, the idea has been floated and is being discussed.
As per ANI, the Indian cricket board is exploring various venues to take league’s action to fans as the pandemic is somewhat under control in the country and the situation is moving towards normalcy. The news agency has also talked to a BCCI source to know more about the developing situation. The board source said the idea about having various venues have 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.
ANI further quoted a statement of the source that read, “We are exploring the possibility of conducting the IPL at more venues than originally planned. The intent is to take it to more fans as the situation is moving towards normalcy. The feasibility of the bio-secure bubble and logistics will of course be crucial to determine the venues finally. It is a fluid situation, and the health of the participants is our primary concern.”
Earlier this week, Delhi Capitals co-owner Parth Jindal hinted about the possibility of conducting the entire 46 matches of the league stage of the 2021 season in Mumbai before moving to Ahmedabad to play the knockout games at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
BCCI hasn’t announced the dates for the IPL yet but it has been anticipated to be held during April, May, and June. BCCI and IPL’s governing council are likely to go through every permutation to host a successful season. The board is keen on bringing as many fans as possible to the country’s cricketing festival, with stringent Covid-19 measures and norms in place.
Recently, the board has hosted an extremely successful Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, while the Vijay Hazare Trophy is underway. The last two test matches between India and England also had fans in the stadium, so there is a strong chance that BCCI will press ahead with plans of having fans in multiple venues during IPL.