IPL 2021 Venues & Cities: If anything untoward doesn’t happen, the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) will happen in India itself and BCCI has also shortlisted few cities to conduct the mega-event. The Indian board for now has shortlisted 5 cities for IPL 2021 namely Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Delhi. Mumbai is still uncertain as IPL city for 14th edition because of pending permissions from the local state government.
Caravan model can be considered for IPL 2021
To avoid most of traveling BCCI is also mulling over CARAVAN style of IPL edition this year. This means that the teams can be divided into two groups – with each group will play certain set of matches in the same cities before moving on to the next leg of matches in other cities.
IPL 2021: IPL Governing Council meeting likely to be before 8th March
IPL 2021 Venue, Dates and Schedule: It is being reliably learnt that IPL Governing Council (IPL GC) meeting will be scheduled in first week of March to decide all matters pending related to IPL 2021. IPL GC in 1st Week of March: The IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel will have a task at hand along with both BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah as they all sit down to come up with a most crucial decision on where will IPL 2021 held
For now the BCCI has shortlisted 5 venues which is a clear indication that they want IPL 2021 to take place in India itself. BCCI are in a catch-22 situation whether the cricketing extravaganza should be held in India or in UAE. With the increase in COVID-19 cases in some parts of the country, there have been calls of moving the league to UAE for the consecutive year.
BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal said the Indian cricket board is still monitoring the situation. “We are still in a dicey situation due to the increase in COVID-19 cases,” he told InsideSport last week.
Decision 2 – IPL 2021 dates: When will the IPL 2021 begin?
Though it is being speculated that IPL 2021 will start from April 11th, the Indian cricket board is yet to officially announce the dates for the 14th edition. BCCI will take the final call, says Dhumal, on the matter after the Test series between India and England which ends on March 8.
“We will finalise the dates after India vs England test series, currently we don’t have definite answers,” Dhumal said.
Decision 3 – IPL 2021 schedule and fixtures?
According to the information available with InsideSport.co, the IPL 2021 broadcasters have requested BCCI to finalize the full schedule and fixtures at least 1 month in advance. According to the broadcaster they have to make necessary arrangements for IPL 2021 so the final schedules are requested at least 30 days before the 1st bowl is bowled in IPL 2021.
“The broadcaster will need at least a month’s time to make preparations for its execution and also sell inventory. Hence a decision on the same must be taken soon,” a source in the know-how said.