BCCI announces schedule for VIVO IPL 2021 | The season will kick start on 9th April, 2021 in Chennai
The #IPL Governing Council on Sunday announced the schedule for VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 to be held in India. After nearly two years, the IPL extravaganza will return home with #Ahmedabad, #Bengaluru, #Chennai, #Delhi, #Mumbai & #Kolkata hosting the marquee event.
The season will kick start on 9th April, 2021 in Chennai with a high octane clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The World’s Largest Cricket Stadium - Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the Playoffs as well as the final on 30th May, 2021 which promises to be a visual spectacle. The newly-built stadium that hosted India’s second Pink Ball fixture at home with great grandeur will host its first ever IPL.
Each team is set to play at four venues during the league stage. Out of the 56 league matches, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata & Bengaluru will host 10 matches each while Ahmedabad and Delhi will host 8 matches each. One of the highlights of this edition of the VIVO IPL will be the fact that all matches will be played at neutral venues, no team will play at their home venue. All teams will play at 4 out of 6 venues during the league stage.
#IPLVenues Shortlisted: Punjab CM endorses to include Mohali cricket stadium
Complete Preparations are in force for the upcoming season of IPL 2021. Among these, some of the venues for the Indian Premier League are shortlisted as potential venues. Although, the final call is pending by BCCI. During this tentative venue list utterings, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh expressed surprise. According to the decision of BCCI, Mohali is not included in the list of venues. Punjab Chief Minister urged the BCCI to include Mohali cricket stadium in the List.
The potential venues for IPL 2021 are Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai. Soon BCCI will seize the decision.
This year, the decisions are more on the basis of COVID-19 cases. Thus, an assurance from Amarinder Singh came about all necessary arrangements for the safety of players.
The Punjab CM tweeted-
"I am surprised at the exclusion of Mohali Cricket stadium for the upcoming IPL season. I urge and appeal to @BCCI and @IPL to reconsider their decision. There is no reason why Mohali can't host IPL and out government will make all necessary arrangements for safety against #Covid19".
Punjab Kings, before known as Kings Xl Punjab, consider Punjab Cricket Stadium (PCA) at Mohali as their home ground.
Amidst Corona period, Mumbai is one of the cities with spike rates in COVID cases. Therefore, IPL games will not be held in Mumbai though the city was considered during discussion.
The cities with low corona case's rates are being considered for IPL stadiums.
Corona is going down drastically. It would be possible that the home venues allow spectators to visit IPL games, unlike IPL 2020 that was held in UAE with no visitors thus, empty stadiums.