The renovated Motera stadium is likely to host the playoffs.
The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is approaching faster than ever. The Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) is making plans to host the entire season in India this time around in a bio-secure bubble. IPL 2020 was played in the United Arab Emirates because the COVID-19 situation in India was quite serious at that time. However, this time around, the board seems pretty confident.
But the threat remains, and limited rooms will likely have a chance to accommodate the extravagance of the T20. According to recent reports, Mumbai and Ahmedabad are emerging as the favorites to host the IPL 2021 hosts. Mumbai has three stadiums in the city and could be chosen to play the league stage while the renovated Motera stadium. in Ahmedabad is the favorite to host the playoffs.
“Right now there are talks to host the league matches at four stadiums in Mumbai – Bradbourne Stadium, Wankhede Stadium, DY Patil Stadium and Reliance Cricket Stadium. The play-offs should take place in the refurbished Sardar Patel stadium in Motera, ”said an official close to the developments, quoted by News18.
IPL start date not yet finalized
The official, however, was quick to clarify that nothing has been finalized in terms of venues while also stating that the tournament will mainly start in the second week of April. “However, this has not yet been formalized. The tournament should be organized either in mid-April or the second week of April, ”he added.
BCCI successfully conducted the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in a bio-bubble and the Vijay Hazare Trophy is currently in progress. Even the mini-auction in Chennai was successfully organized. The test series between India and England is currently underway, even as the two teams face off in a series of five T20I matches and three one-day internationals.
The BCCI is expected to make an announcement and release the 2021 IPL schedule soon, as there are only a few months left for the season to begin.