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IPL 2021: franchises unhappy with the BCCI arrangement in six cities for the 14th edition

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IPL franchises have been unhappy with the recent decision of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to host the 14th edition in six cities. The council deviated from the original plan to organize the tournament in Maharashtra and Ahmedabad.

The IPL 2021 Championship phase was originally scheduled to be held in Mumbai and Pune, with the playoffs taking place in the renovated Motera.

However, according to the latest reports, the Indian Cricket Council has shortlisted six cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Kolkata – for IPL 2021. While the other five centers had been agreed earlier, Mumbai is the latest name. on the list.

The new arrangement did not go well with franchise officials. They will now not only have to travel a lot, but they have also been left behind after recruiting the best suited players from the previous sites.

“Obviously, it’s scary. The earlier idea of ​​hosting it in one or two cities sounded much better. After all, the 2020 edition was between three rooms and it went well … The franchises had started to prepare, thinking that it would only be between Mumbai and Pune, with the playoffs in Ahmedabad. These plans are changing now. Franchisees will want to know more and it will happen soon, ”franchise representatives told TOI.

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the world, IPL 2020 had to be moved to the United Arab Emirates. The 13th edition of the cash-rich league took place at three venues – Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah – with home and away matches in the trio.

IPL 2021 will be read in same format, sources say

Mumbai Indians won their record-breaking fifth IPL 2020 title
Mumbai Indians won their record-breaking fifth IPL 2020 title

There were initial discussions about IPL 2021 in the cluster-caravan format. The teams were supposed to be split into two groups, playing a number of matches at the same venues in two cities before being reshuffled and moved to two more cities.

A source familiar with the developments has now confirmed that IPL 2021 will follow the same format. The only change could be that more than one team will be hosted in the same city to make the logistics of the bio-bubble transparent.

“The format of the tournament will not change. It’s the same round-trip format, with each team hosting seven and traveling for the other seven. This will mean a total of 60 games, as it takes place every year. The regrouping of the teams is only to ensure that the preparation of bio-safe bubbles becomes easier and that there is less confusion, ”explained the source.

IPL 2021 will start around April 10 and run until the first week of June. While matches in Mumbai will take place behind closed doors due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, other sites could allow fans up to 50% of their respective capacities.

Posted Feb 28, 2021 12:12 PM


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