The Punjab Kings team management expressed their disappointment after the BCCI ignore Mohali and Dharmsala while shortlisting venues for IPL 2021.
According to reports, BCCI has finalised finalized Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, and Bengaluru as the five host cities for IPL 2021. If the Maharashtra government gives a green signal, Mumbai would also host a few matches.
The Punjab Kings have used Mohali and Dharamsala as their home venues for IPL fixtures. However, the PCA and HPCA stadium did not make it to the final list of shortlisted venues.
As a result, the franchise has reached out to the BCCI to discuss why the organisers ignored the Punjab King’s base.
“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,” PBKS CEO Satish Menon was quoted as saying by ESPN.
If the BCCI does not make any changes to the venues, IPL 2021 will be the second consecutive year Punjab Kings would not play in front of their home fans. Last year, all IPL games happened behind closed doors in the UAE.
Another franchise official said that the five teams would have the home advantage if BCCI conducted IPL 2021 at the shortlisted venues. The Rajasthan Royals, the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings would essentially play 14 games away from home
Speaking about the importance of home games in an IPL, a franchise official added, “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 (Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Delhi Capitals) will have the home advantage, we will have to put up with all away game.”