BCCI is considering four to five sites to lead the next edition of the Indian Premier League with Mumbai as the sole host which no longer appears feasible following an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in and around the city.
Previously, there were discussions that Mumbai, with four stadiums – Wankhede, Brabourne, DY Patil and Reliance Stadium, would be a good option to create a single bio-secure bubble and host the eight-week tournament.
However, the COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra has worsened with an increase in COVID-19 cases.
“There is still a month left for the IPL to kick off, but it is obvious that some decisions have to be made. It will be risky to have an IPL in just one city in Mumbai if there is a steady increase in cases happening now, ”a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity.
“So cities like Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Kolkata will be ready to host matches. Ahmedabad, in all likelihood, will host the play-offs and the IPL final match, ”he said.
The IPL is expected to start the second week of April. The tournament had to be taken to the UAE last year due to the pandemic.
Maharashtra is seeing a further rise in COVID-19 cases and recorded more than 8,000 as of Thursday. The city of Mumbai recorded more than 1,100 cases on the same day.