Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has written to the BCCI after Mohali was scraped as one of the venues for IPL 2021. Among the venues that will not host IPL matches this season includes Mohali, Hyderabad and Jaipur. Though the BCCI hasn’t officially confirmed the reason behind this unique change, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has approached the cricketing body asking for clarification.
Meanwhile, the six confirmed venues to host matches throughout the season are Mumbai, Banglore, Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, and Kolkata. The BCCI decided to host matches in cities where the number of COVID cases are less. However, when Mumbai was chosen as one of the venues despite its surge in the number of cases, the Punjab CM decided to take up the matter into his own hands.
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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh Writes To BCCI
Captain Amarinder Singh highlighted the same as he wrote a letter to the BCCI over the decision to exclude Mohali from the list of venues.
“I have written to them (BCCI) saying if they can have a match in Mumbai, which has had 9,000 cases per day, then what’s wrong with Mohali. We will take the necessary precautions,” Amarinder Singh was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Earlier, a BCCI official said that the reason why Punjab was overlooked as one of the possible venues was due to its recent farmer’s protest.
“We don’t want a situation to arise where we have an IPL match in Mohali and a farmer agitation march moves towards the stadium. It will attract media attention from all over the world. We don’t want such a situation to arise. Mohali is not among shortlisted venues due to the current scenario in the northern part of India” BCCI official said.
Meanwhile, the BCCI announced the IPL 2021 schedule on Sunday. The matches will be hosted at six different venues with none of the teams having any home advantage. The playoffs and the final will be played at the newly laid Motera stadium.