IPL 2021 Will Be Played Across 6 Venues From April 9

IPL 2021 Will Be Played Across 6 Venues From April 9 To May 30

BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI
BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI

IPL 2021– the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League will be played across 6 venues in India from April 9 to May 30. Chennai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Bengaluru have been zeroed in by the BCCI.

IPL 2021 will be held across 6 venues in India from April 9 to May 30. IPL 2021 will be played in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, New Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai in bio-secure environments and it will be a 52-day tournament with 60 matches overall.

IPL Trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)

IPL 2021 May See Fans Returning After IPL 2020 Was Played Without Fans In UAE

While the 2020 edition of the IPL was moved out of India and played in the UAE due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Board of Control for Cricket in India was keen on hosting the upcoming edition in India. BCCI has already successfully conducted domestic tournaments like Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy in bio-secure bubbles while the ongoing India-England series is also being played in bio-secure conditions.

All eight teams will be staying in bio-bubbles across the six venues and it remains to be seen if fans will be allowed in all six venues in IPL 2021. Notably, the previous edition-IPL 2020 was played without fans in the UAE due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, fans have started returning to the stadiums across all parts of the world.

The ongoing Test series between India and England also saw fans return to the stadiums for the second encounter in Chennai and the third, fourth Test in Ahmedabad. BCCI is expected to allow crowds at certain venues where COVID-19 cases have considerably dipped.

Steve Smith AFP
Steve Smith  Photo Credit: AFP

Moeen Ali, Lungi Ngidi, Josh Hazlewood, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Chris Morris, Jofra Archer, AB De Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Kagiso Rabada, Steve Smith, Jason Holder, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Gayle, Moises Henriques, Dawid Malan, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Quinton De Kock, Adam Milne, Kieron Pollard are some of the foreigners who will participate in Indian Premier League 2021.

Mumbai Indians Won Their Record 5th Title In IPL 2020 Defeating Delhi Capitals

IPL 2020 was held in the UAE across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. The final was played between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals in Dubai. Rohit Sharma’s men became only the 2nd team to defend the title as MI won their 5th title to extend the record.

Mumbai Indians with IPL 2020 trophy
Mumbai Indians won the IPL 2020 trophy (Image Credit: IPL)

The BCCI zeroed on the 6 venues in India where bio-bubbles will be created. Notably, the apex body of Indian cricket has been hosting domestic white-ball tournaments across the country in bio-secure environments.

The IPL 2021 Auction was held in February where all 8 teams made sure they acquired players to balance their squad. Punjab Kings spent the most as they added an array of superstars to their roaster led by KL Rahul. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni and a few of his Chennai Super Kings teammates have already arrived in Chennai for a pre-season training camp, likely to get underway from March 9 in the South Indian city.

In IPL 2021, Glenn Maxwell was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 14.25 Crore but Chris Morris acquired more value as he was sold to Rajasthan Royals for a steep INR 16.25 crore creating new records as the most expensive buy ever in the history of IPL since 2008. RCB bought Kiwi all-rounder Kyle Jamieson for 15 crores.

Steven Smith was sold to Delhi Capitals for INR 2.2 Crores while Shakib Al Hasan was sold to KKR for INR 3.2 Crore, and Moeen Ali attracted a bid of exactly INR 7 Crore and was sold to CSK. Punjab Kings bought Dawid Malan for a base price of INR 1.5 Crore and spent big on Jhye Richardson, buying him for a whopping Rs 14 crore.