Amidst the corona and political heat across the country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday released news that came like a cool breeze to many. The update has it that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to return to India and is likely to take place from April 09 to May 30.
According to sources, IPL 2021 will be played in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai in bio-secure environments. It can be noted that the tournament was conducted in the UAE last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and was played across three venues – Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai.
With the experience of successfully conducting domestic tournaments like Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy in bio-secure bubbles, BCCI is looking forward to conducting the 52-day tournament with 60 matches overall in India. The IPL 2021 Auction was held in February where 8 teams competed to buy the top players.
Meanwhile, Hyderabadi cricketers raised concerns over BCCI not scheduling matches in Hyderabad. Despite urges from the home team Sunrisers Hyderabad and Telangana government to conduct matches in the Pearl City, the authorities are reportedly still contemplating to schedule matches in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad.
However, the proposed schedule is subject to the Governing Council’s approval.