IPL 2021: BCCI to consider 4-5 venues, Mumbai a concern amidst covid-19 surge

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking to host the next edition of the Indian Premier League at four to five venues as Mumbai does not look feasible for hosting the league following a surge in covid-19 cases in and around the city.

Previously, the discussions were that Mumbai which has four stadiums- Wankhede, Brabourne, DY Patil and Reliance Stadium will be a good option to create a secure bio-bubble to host the eight-week long tournament.

However, the recent covid-19 situation in Maharashtra has worsened with a rapid surge in the cases.

“There is still a month left for the IPL to start but obviously some decisions need to be taken. It will be risky to have a single city IPL in Mumbai if there is a steady rise in cases that are happening right now,” said a senior BCCI official to the PTI on conditions of anonymity.

“So cities like Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Kolkata will be ready to host matches. Ahmedabad, in all likelihood, will host the play-off and final match of the IPL.”

This year’s IPL is scheduled to start in the second week of April. The tournament had to be held in the UAE last year due to the pandemic. With Maharashtra and its capital Mumbai seeing an increase in covid-19 cases, the chances of the IPL being held there this year are highly doubtful.

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