Punjab Kings CEO Satish Menon is unhappy with the BCCI after it has snubbed Punjab as one of its venues for IPL 2021. The BCCI nominated six venues for the upcoming season and Punjab was not one amongst them. Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Delhi, and Bengaluru to host the tournament, as per a report in TOI. Initially, the board had zeroed in on Mumbai and Pune for league games while Ahmedabad was selected as the venue for the playoffs, but the BCCI changes its mind keeping in mind the fans of the game in the country. Meanwhile, as per fresh reports in ESPN Cricinfo, Mumbai too have been scraped as one of the venues after rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city.
Punjab Kings CEO Satish Menon is reportedly unhappy seeing Punjab being overlooked by the board too. He has officially written to the BCCI expressing his disappointment over Punjab being overlooked as one of the venues for the upcoming season.
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“We have written to the IPL asking them to throw light on how they have decided on these venues and why also have they decided not to hold the IPL in Punjab,” Menon was quoted as saying by ESPN.
The biggest concern among the franchises is the fact that while some will enjoy home advantage, others will be devoid of it WHile the likes of KKR, RCB, CSK will be playing at their home venues, RR, PBK and SRH are the ones who might not have that luxury.
“The teams doing well are the ones who do well at home, win five or six home games and a few away, and that will take you through to the play-offs. Those five teams will have the home advantage, we will have to put up with all away game,” a franchise official said.
While the league stage of the Season 14 of the T20 league could be spread across 5-6 venues, the playoffs are likely to take place at Ahmedabad, at the Narendra Modi Stadium. The BCCI is still assessing how the entire Covid-19 situation develops in the country.