he BCCI announced the schedule of IPL 2021 on Sunday. The 14th season of the IPL will begin from April 9, whose final match will be played on May 30. The special thing of this time’s IPL schedule is that no team will play a match on their home ground. Due to Corona, this time the league round matches will be played in only four places.
There will be a total of 56 matches in the league round. In the league round, each team will play their matches only on four grounds. Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru will host 10–10 matches of the league stage while Delhi and Ahmedabad will host 8–8 matches. This time, no match will be played at the home ground of Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings. All three teams have lodged a protest against the idea of playing the entire tournament in only six stadiums.
Teams did not like the new schedule
In such a situation, a franchise official spoke to Cricbuzz saying, ‘By creating a schedule like this, you are preventing MS Dhoni from playing in Chennai in his last IPL. If the audience is not going to come then what is the reason behind stopping Chennai from playing in Chennai and Mumbai Indians in Mumbai. He further said, ‘There are players like Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer in Delhi who have played domestic cricket for Mumbai and played this team for the first three matches there. Similarly, in the Punjab team, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and coach Anil Kumble all three know about the situation at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru where they have to play the opening five games. In such circumstances, the BCCI plan has no meaning.
Questions raised about bio bubble
The teams also raised questions about the bio bubble. He said that the teams will have to travel between the four cities, which will pose a risk of corona. Teams will have to travel at the airport, at the hotel and in buses. Despite all the security, the threat of corona will remain. This question is especially for the matches in Mumbai where there is a danger of second wave of Corona at the moment. Despite the danger, the Maharashtra government has assured the successful conduct of the matches. Initially, the IPL was being considered to be organized only in Pune and Mumbai, but later this plan went into cold storage.