IPL 2021: Sourav Ganguly alluded to “ no crowds ” for the entire IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chairman Sourav Ganguly has hinted that the next IPL could be played behind closed doors with spectators. Ganguly said the option of hosting the entire IPL without fans cannot be ruled out, saying the entry of spectators could potentially pose a risk to players.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah during the unveiling of the 2021 IPL schedule on Sunday said an unspecified portion of the 2021 IPL will be played without fans.
However, it seems contradictory for normal people to understand why BCCI does not allow fans to play IPL games if they can allow them to attend India’s recent games against England.
Explaining the move, Ganguly said, holding a 52-day long tournament is different from having a two-sided series.
“I don’t know yet, it depends on the situation,” Ganguly told India Today on Monday. “His [IPL] slightly different from a bilateral [series]. If you open up to crowds, there are teams that play in the middle, there are also teams that train outside. Many of these stadiums have outdoor training grounds and teams train there because they play every day. So to open it up to the crowds, you’d expect them to come closer to the practice teams. So it could be a bit risky.
Why is IPL 2021 taking place without fans?
This will be the second time that the IPL will take place without the fans. Ganguly said, the last time too, they kept the same policy. Started with empty stadiums in Dubai and thought of opening it in the second half, the tournament went well and so they didn’t choose to put anyone in danger.
“Dubai was also the same: we started behind closed doors and expected to open up to the crowd, but since it went so well, we didn’t take the risk of dismissing the crowd, so we will see.
A good reason why BCCI wants an incident-free IPL is because India will host the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup later this year. The ICC tournament will be played in the October and November window. The places are not yet finalized by the authorities.
Managing Director Manu Sawhney, in a recent interview, said they would closely monitor the conduct of the IPL and only take one call.
BCCI have decided to drop this year’s home and away games and opted for six neutral venues. Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi and Ahmedabad will host a 52-day tournament and each team will only have to fly three times this time.
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