With IPL 2021 auction done and dusted, the fans are excited for the brand new season of the cash-rich league. The excitement is on a different level this time around as the tournament is all scheduled to return to India after BCCI hosted it in the UAE last year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A report suggests that the tournament is all set to commence on April 9 and will run until May 30 and will be played in bio-bubble due to the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to ANI, a GC member on conditions of anonymity said while the final approval will be given in the GC meeting, the league is expected to start on April 9 and a call on the venues will be taken next week.
“We haven’t yet decided on the day of the GC to decide on the venues, but the meeting will take place next week. As per the proposal, the IPL will get underway from April 9 and the final will be played on May 30,” the GC member said.
IPL 2021 to take place in four-five cities
Progressing from the initial idea of hosting the 2021 edition of the IPL in one city, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is 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 by the senior officials of the board.
A BCCI official in the know of developments said the idea has indeed 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 and the GC gives an approval. As of now, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, and Mumbai are in running to host IPL 2021.
“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,” the official had said.