After several concerns among ardent Indian cricket fans and BCCI, the Indian cricket board had managed to successfully host the entire IPL 2020 edition in the UAE amid the COVID-19 threat. Sourav Ganguly-led board conducted a smooth and memorable IPL 13 and now have their plans set to host the IPL 2021 edition in India, amid the virus scare.
As the condition in the country is improving with regard to the virus spread, the BCCI is looking forward to conducting the entire IPL 14 season in the country and not resort to the UAE this time around.
“The final decision will be taken by IPL GC but 11 April is the tentative date to start IPL 2021. The series against England finishes in March and players will get good break with 11 April start for IPL 14’, said the BCCI official as per a report . The next season is reportedly expected to end by 5 or 6 June.
Earlier, BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal had said, “We are working on having the IPL in India and we are hopeful that we would be able to organise it. We are not even thinking of a back up also at this point in time, we are wanting to do it here. India is probably safer than UAE at this point. Hopefully, the situation remains stable and keep improving and we will have it here,” said Dhumal.
Moreover, the BCCI has already earmarked the Wankhede, Brabourne Stadiums, DY Patil Stadium, Reliance Cricket Stadium in Navi Mumbai and the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium on the outskirts of Pune for IPL 14 in India.
Moreover, the newly-revamped Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, will be considered for hosting the knockouts of IPL 14. It has a sitting capacity of over 1,14,000. The stadium has already hosted several games in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020/21.
In addition, the revamped Motera Stadium will host the final two Tests between India and England and the entire five-match T20I series prior to IPL 2021.
The mini-auction for the upcoming IPL season will be held on 18 February in Chennai.