IPL 2021: Mumbai, Pune could be the venues; BCCI confident of hosting cricket carnival in India
The COVID-19 outbreak in India last year had delayed the IPL by six months
Mumbai: Rejoice cricket lovers, the cricket carnival of India, the Indian Premier League may be held in India with Mumbai and Pune to be designated venues, according to a report.
According to a report in The Times of India, the cricket board has selected five locations around the city of Mumbai and Pune. Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, DY Patil Stadium, Reliance Cricket Stadium in Navi Mumbai and the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) in Pune are the ones.
The report further suggested that the newly constructed Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera could be the venue for the games of knockout stages of the league.
The COVID-19 outbreak in India last year had delayed the IPL by six months and later was shifted to the UAE (United Arab Emirates) for the same reason. The 13th season of IPL was held in UAE where Mumbai Indians after defeating Delhi Capitals lifted the title for a record fifth time.
Meanwhile, Arun Singh Dhumal, Treasurer, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said the board is confident to host the tournament in India. He further stated that the board doesn't even need to look at back-up overseas locations for hosting the IPL as the coronavirus situation is improving in the country.
"We are working on having the IPL in India and we are hopeful that we would be able to organize 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,” news agency PTI quoted Arun Singh Dhumal as saying,
The upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is reportedly going to take place in home. After Ranji Trophy was cancelled amid COVID-19, this news may give sigh of relief for cricket fans around the country.