Progressing from the preliminary thought of internet hosting the 2021 version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in a single metropolis, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is exploring the choice of taking part in the league throughout 4 to 5 cities. While the logistical half will want additional dialogue, the thought has been floated and is being mentioned by the senior officers of the board.
Speaking to ANI, a BCCI official within the know of developments mentioned the thought has certainly been mentioned and while it’s nonetheless early days, the 14th version of the league might properly be performed in multiple metropolis if issues go as per plan.
“We are exploring the possibility of conducting the IPL at more venues than originally planned. The intent is to take it to more fans as the situation is moving towards normalcy. The feasibility of the bio-secure bubble and logistics will of course be crucial to determine the venues finally. It is a fluid situation and the health of the participants is our primary concern,” the official mentioned.
Some of the cities that have been mentioned are Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad amongst others.While the match remains to be a while away, franchises too are open to the thought of getting the league in multiple metropolis as that will assist to remain versatile with a watch on the Covid-19 scenario.
“See, there is still some time left for the league to get underway, but we are more than keen to play the league across a few cities. The worry with hosting it in one city is that the Covid-19 situation is constantly changing. So, if by chance one of the cities picked sees a situation where it gets difficult to host the games, another city can go ahead and logistically it will be easier for the board and the franchises,” an IPL franchise official mentioned.
While the BCCI is eager to take essentially the most profitable home league to as many followers as potential, the board can be clear that the bio-bubble restrictions will be made protecting the protection of the gamers in thoughts as was the case when the match was moved to UAE in 2020.
“With multiple cities, obviously there will be individual bubbles. While we want fans from different cities to enjoy the games, safety of the players and those involved in the league will be a priority,” the BCCI official mentioned.