While the Cricket Control Council of India (BCCI) has shortlisted the venues for the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), several states that missed the match have clearly expressed their displeasure.
BCCI has shortlisted Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Bengaluru to host IPL 2021 and with Punjab – which also has a franchise called Punjab Kings (formerly Kings XI Punjab), failing to host the cash-rich league this year, Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh has expressed his displeasure on several platforms.
Amarinder Singh has now written a letter to BCCI urging the supreme body to consider allowing Punjab to host IPL 2021.
Singh also referred to Mumbai in his letter, stating that if a state like Maharashtra that is still struggling with Covid-19 can host IPL, what is wrong with Mohali?
“I wrote to them (BCCI) to tell them that if they could have a match in Mumbai, which had 9,000 cases per day, then what’s wrong with Mohali. We will take the necessary precautions: The Chief Minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh, about the IPL excluding Mohali as a match venue. ANI tweeted.
But the reason Punjab is not given any IPL matches is because of the ongoing protest against farm laws.
BCCI believes that protesters can use IPL to get the world’s attention.
“We don’t want a situation to happen where we have an IPL game in Mohali and a restless farmers march is heading towards the stadium. It will attract the attention of media around the world. We don’t want that to happen. Mohali is not among the shortlisted sites due to the current scenario in the northern part of India, ”said a BCCI official.
The 2021 edition of the IPL will run from April 9 to May 30 and the knockout matches will take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
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