Finally some good and pleasant news will heal every Indian fans to cheer as the most entertaining tournament IPL will be back on the Indian soil again. Due to coronavirus 13th edition was shifted in UAE and now the coming season will be back again in home conditions.
Even the IPL Governing Council, Arun Singh Dhumal said due to the improvement in India from coronavirus scare, IPL can now take place in India which leaves chances of tournament from overseas conditions.
According to TOI, IPL-2021 is all set to begin in the second week of April, tentatively between April 11 and 14, and conclude in the first week of June, around June 6
’The final decision will be taken by IPL GC but 11th April is the tentative date to start IPL 2021. The series against England finishes in March and players will get good break with 11th April start for IPL 14th’, said the BCCI official.
He is also in talks to bring the spectators again on the stadium with examining each and every propagations.
“We are working on having the IPL in India and we are hopeful that we would be able to organise it. We are not even thinking of a back up also at this point in time, we are wanting to do it here” quoted by Dhumal.
“India is probably safer than UAE at this point. Hopefully, the situation remains stable and keep improving and we will have it here” added by Dhumal.
The BCCI has earmarked Wankhede, Brabourne, DY Patil, Reliance Cricket Stadium and Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium to host IPL 2021. Motera Stadium likely to be considered for the knockouts.
Comparing to the current situation, UAE has slightly increased his coronavirus case in comparison to India so it is quite safer to conduct tournament in home soil.
Even BCCI had a took a decision over terminating Ranji Trophy this year with only conducting Vijay Hazare Trophy.
“We took feedback from the players, selection committee, state associations. It was felt that 2020 is already gone and rather than having two Ranji events in the same calendar year, it is better to go for white ball cricket”.
“That way we could have something for junior cricket and women considering the importance of Women’s World Cup and U-19 World Cup next year”
“Rather than having one tournament, we thought of having events in different categories” statement said by Dhumal.
He has also said that with taking precautionary measures it will definitely lead to making comeback of IPL in India and with vaccinating players it will ensure safe criteria towards format.
“The government’s directive is that frontline workers and the most vulnerable will be the first to get vaccinated, but we are in touch with the government to get our players vaccinated”.