The Indian Premier League (IPL) season in 2021 will be back to India after the previous season was played in the UAE. The 2020 edition was played outside India due to the bio-bubble restrictions and the COVID-19 protocols which made it difficult to conduct at home. Despite the same, the tournament proved to be a resounding success as it registered record viewership and rating numbers.
Meanwhile, for next season, reports have stated that the tournament could be held entirely in and around Mumbai. This is because the region has as many as 6 stadiums which would lead to ease of travel and bio-bubble restrictions. The knockout stages would then be conducted in Ahmedabad according to these reports. Now, the co-owner of Delhi Capitals (DC), Parth Jindal has stated that that could be the case.
Parth Jindal speaks on IPL venues
Parth Jindal spoke to ESPNcricinfo about the same and said, “Based on the thing I’m hearing and seeing, if Britain can come and visit, if the ISL (Indian Super Association) can happen all in Goa, if Vijay Hazare Prize (homegrown 50-over rivalry) and Syed Mushtaq Ali Prize (T20 rivalry) can occur across scenes, I can’t understand the IPL moving out of India. I do accept the Indian Premier League will occur in India.”
“I believe they’re contemplating whether to have the league phase at one venue (city) and playoffs at another venue. There’s a lot of chatter about Mumbai being possibly being one venue because it has three grounds (Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, DY Patil Stadium) and enough practice facilities, and Motera (Ahmedabad) hosting the knockouts, but it’s all unverified, it’s all just what I am hearing,” he added.
“The other option is being mulled right now is, why not open up all venues, go everywhere and show the world we’re ready for the T20 World Cup? They [BCCI are still unsure, I think it all depends on how the covid situation plays out in India over the next two weeks,” he signed off.