On sunday, the IPL Governing Council announced That the games will commence from next month in India.
After two long years, the anticipated games will be held in six different cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata.
The opening ceremony on April 9th and finals on May 30th of this season will be held in the world’s largest cricket stadium Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Not to mention, the newly built stadium had hosted India’s second pink ball fixture at home. And now, with great grandeur, it will host its first-ever IPL.
Moreover, on the openings, the game among two strong teams is assumed to be a high octane clash since Mumbai Indians is the defending champion team of last year; and Royal Challengers Bangalore belongs to the Indian Cricket team captain Virat Kohli.
Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru will host ten matches each. At the same time, Ahmedabad and Delhi will host eight matches each. Also, every team is going to play at four different venues during the league.
But one of the highlights has to be that no one would be able to play at their home venue.
The final match will be held on May 23
During the IPL league, a total of 56 games will be held. The last game between Bangalore and Kolkata will be held on 23 May 2021.
Likewise, the first qualifier will be on 25 May eliminator on 26 May, the second qualifier on 28 May, and the finale on 30 May.
During the bidding period, Chris Morris, Jhye Richardson, Moeen Ali, Krishnappa Gowtham were the most drawn players. And Krishnappa Gowtham (CSK) became the most expensive Indian uncapped player.
On the other hand, Cheteshwar Pujara was sold to Chennai Super Kings while Mumbai Indians bought Arjun Tendulkar.
Moreover, 292 of the total players were up for the auction; among which 164 were Indian and 125 were from overseas.
Chris Morris from South Africa is the most expensive buy at IPL 2021 auction. He suppressed Yuvraj Singh from becoming a highly paid player signing in IPL.
Morris is also the former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) superstar who shattered all the records at Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
IPL Craze Overseas
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is obviously one of the biggest T20 tournaments in the world. It has brought forward a huge number of young talents in the cricket field.
Over time, foreigners, as well as Indian players, have received high ranks from the leagues, with franchises shelling large amounts out acquiring the services of players.
Few reports even show that IPL is ready to spend almost 196.6 crores of the budget this year.
The BCCI is confident enough to host the IPL at home with all the health and safety major for players and people.
To minimize the risk, the tournament mapped so that every team will have to travel only three times during the league.
🚨 BCCI announces schedule for VIVO IPL 2021 🚨
The season will kickstart on 9th April in Chennai and the final will take place on May 30th at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 7, 2021
The IPL governing council chairman Brijesh Patel said that fans are not allowed. Also, they will make the official announcement soon.
Furthermore, he also added that BCCI is open to replace any venue if any unforeseen circumstances arise.
However, the empty stadiums will surely emerge as a reason for tension for IPL franchises as they are supposed to incur a huge loss, as they expected on making up the loss from last year.
Until now, Mumbai was the Venue restricting crowds due to the second covid wave. But now, the BCCI is planning to take a call on that as well.
How will BCCI cope with new emerging cases?
According to IPL Governing Council, the tournament is going to begin with closed doors. However, the situation of Covid in India is under control, but few states like Maharastra have found new cases.
Hence, BCCI is unwilling to undertake any chance; therefore, the initial two weeks will be very crucial in a sense.
The BCCI’s cautious move for the IPL is in contrast to allowing Chennai as Ahmedabad. Only 50% of the venues will be occupied in the final three matches of the test series before hosting IPL.
After 12 days of completion of ongoing assignments between the Indian Cricket Team and England, the league will commence.
The tournament at the UAA was a huge success, and hopeful, it will be a successful tournament this time as well.