Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and Delhi have been shortlisted as host cities for the upcoming 2021 IPL, while Mumbai is not yet a confirmed destination yet, with the recent surge in the Covid-19 cases.
The Covid-19 outbreak not only forced the BCCI to postpone the 2020 IPL but also stage it in the United Arab Emirates in the latter part of the year. With the pandemic threat reducing considerably, the organisers are keen on bringing back the extravaganza to the country.
As per the latest reports on Cricbuzz, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and Delhi have been shortlisted as venues for the 2021 IPL, while Mumbai’s confirmation is still hanging in the balance, with the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in the coastal city.
“Mumbai is still not final and it is because the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, headed by Uddhav Thackeray, has not yet given the final go-ahead,” stated a source, as reported by Cricbuzz.
Reports: IPL Matches could take place in a cluster-caravan format
It is also learnt that the matches could take place in cluster-caravan format, with the teams split into two groups, each group playing their matches at the same venues in two different cities, before getting re-shuffled and moving to other venues.
There is also a possibility that some of the IPL matches could be played in Lucknow, with BCCI vice-president vouching hard for the same, with the Ekana Stadium as the venue.