IPL 2021: BCCI Yet to Finalise Venues; Monitoring Covid Situation in Mumbai
Scheduling a tournament like IPL can be tough sometimes. A multi-million dollar tourney which comprises of several franchisees, it can’t get more complicated than this. Every franchise wants home games and since it will be happening in India, BCCI are in for some complications as preferring one city over another might not go down well with some VIPs. Even on Sunday, Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao had appealed to BCCI to host few games in Hyderabad while Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh was also ‘surprised’ to figure out that Mohali might not be hosting any of the IPL games.
However, BCCI has said that the IPL Governing Council is yet to come out with a final list of venues. The development comes on the back of the recent spike of Covid-19 cases in Mumbai which is one of the sure-shot venues. As of now, BCCI is adopting a wait and watch policy.
“As if now it’s all speculation whether it’s Punjab or Hyderabad. We will soon have IPL GC in which we will decide what needs to be done and how the IPL needs to be conducted this year, as of now nothing has been decided yet. BCCI will seek assurances from state governments before allowing them to host the matches,” a source within the BCCI told ANI.
“Whether it can be held in a state while elections are taking place and when talking about Punjab, BCCI needs concrete assurance from authorities that no unwanted incident will take place when the matches happen there,” the source added.