According to Parth Jindal, co-owner of the Delhi Capitals there is a possibility of conducting the entire league stage of the 2021 season in Mumbai.
“From what I’m hearing and seeing, if England can come and tour, if the ISL (Indian Super League) can happen all in Goa, if Vijay Hazare Trophy (domestic 50-over competition) and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (T20 competition) can happen across venues, I can’t fathom the IPL moving out of India,” Jindal said during a chat with ESPNcricinfo after Thursday’s auction in Chennai. “I do believe the IPL will happen in India.
“I believe they’re contemplating whether to have the league phase at one venue (city) and playoffs at another venue. There’s a lot of chatter about Mumbai being possibly being one venue because it has three grounds (Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, DY Patil Stadium) and enough practice facilities, and Motera (Ahmedabad) hosting the knockouts, but it’s all unverified, it’s all just what I am hearing.”
Jindal further stated that having the league matches in Mumbai could be advantageous to the Capitals as they have several players from the city in their squad. However, the possibility of playing in Mumbai is minimal given the increase in covid-19 cases in Maharashtra which has prompted a new round of lockdown.
“If you look at our selection of Steven Smith, we felt the wickets in Mumbai will suit his style of batting.”
“The fact that we have so many Mumbai boys – Prithvi [Shaw], Jinks [Ajinkya Rahane], Shreyas [Iyer] helps. Mumbai has true bounce, the ball moves a bit because it’s on the coast, and all that played a role. The other option that is being mulled right now is, why not open up all venues, go everywhere and show the world we’re ready for the T20 World Cup? They [BCCI] are still unsure, I think it all depends on how the covid situation plays out in India over the next two weeks,” he added.
While the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that ‘this year is going to be big as well because of what it is’ earlier last week without giving further details on the venue. However, over the last few months, he has been vocal about hosting the tournament in India.”We’ll see whether we can get the crowd back into the IPL, it’s a decision we’ll have to take very shortly. But it’s going to be another great tournament.”