The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is mulling over a decision to shift the three-match ODI series against England out of Pune in the wake of the recent spike in the COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra. The much-awaited ODIs are scheduled to take place from March 23 to 28 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra is witnessing a renewed surge in Covid-19 cases and recorded over 8,000 of them on Thursday with Mumbai registered over 1,100 cases on the same day. England and Indian cricketers are scheduled to fly out to Pune for the 3-match ODI series.
But the BCCI is now looking at options to relocate the ODI matches, in case the Covid-19 cases keep rising in Maharashtra. A couple of states are in the running to host the matches if the apex body has to shift the ODI series from Pune.
Meanwhile, currently, both the teams are in Ahmedabad where they will play the last Test match of the series followed by 5 T20I games at the Motera Stadium which is now the world’s largest cricket stadium with a seating capacity of over 1.3 lakhs. England, who flew to Ahmedabad after playing 2 Tests in bio-bubble environments in Chennai, lost the Pink-ball Test inside 2 days at the rebuilt Narendra Modi Stadium.
BCCI planning to host IPL 2021 in multiple cities
A report in Sports Today claims that BCCI is planning to the 14th edition of the cash-rich league in multiple cities and the scare of coronavirus looks to ease out across the country. Earlier it was noted that BCCI might host all the games in one state while the playoffs in the newly built Motera Stadium.
However, now 4-5 cities can host IPL 2021 but the playoffs are in likelihood will take place in Ahmedabad. But if the COVID-19 cases spike across the country BCCI might return to their previous plan and host all the matches in one state.