BCCI is considering shifting the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to Mumbai. The reports emerged after the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Monday, April 3, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad had to be rescheduled.
Mumbai could well soon be hosting the games from the coming weekend itself if things go as per plan which means a rearranged schedule with more doubleheaders will take place. There is also a chance for the final to be shifted from May 30 to early June. The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has hosted 10 IPL games in the ongoing season while MCA’s ground in the Bandra-Kurla Complex was used for training purposes.
BCCI’s Challenge Will Be Finding The Hotels For All The 8 Franchises
The stiff challenge for the BCCI in hosting the matches in Mumbai would be to create the all-important and talked-about bio-security bubble. It mostly includes finding the hotels for the eight participating teams and preparing the stadia. During the first leg of the IPL, all three grounds- Wankhede, Brabourne, and DY Patil, were used by the teams for training purposes.
It is learned that on Monday, the BCCI, the world’s richest cricket board, called several hotels in Mumbai to verify if they would be able to satisfy the SOPs needed for the bubble. No official announcement has been made thus far, but as per a few franchises, it won’t be a surprise if Mumbai ends up hosting the matches. It would also mean a deviation from the IPL’s two-venue model.
BCCI May Consider IPL Final To Be Postponed From May 30 To Early June Which Can Have A Impact On WTC Final
The third leg of the league is scheduled to take place in Kolkata and Bangalore. As per reports in ESPNcricinfo, in another probable development, if the IPL final is postponed from May 30, it could also have an impact on the World Test Championship Final to be played between India and New Zealand from June 18-22.
The ICC is currently negotiating with the British government regarding the quarantine norms after the UK blocked travel from India. In the meantime, one BCCI official was of the opinion that moving the IPL to Mumbai would allow the India and New Zealand players to fly directly to England.
IPL 2021 matches will move to Mumbai, likely from May 7, according to sources. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had been discussing moving the remaining IPL matches to one venue after two KKR players tested positive for COVID-19 in the Kolkata Knight Riders camp.
As a result, the Bangalore and Kolkata legs of the IPL may be scrapped. The teams are currently in Delhi and Ahmedabad where matches are scheduled to be played until May 8. The first leg of the IPL was played in Chennai and Mumbai simultaneously and subsequent legs were scheduled in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Kolkata followed by the playoffs and the final in Ahmedabad.