The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) is inclined to hosting the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in India and are now confident that their desire is likely to turn into reality. According to a BCCI official, the board is going to organize the cash-rich tournament at home this season.
The 13th edition of the season happened in the United Arab Emirates behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After several postponements, the tournament finally took place from October to November. However, this time around the crowd would get to cheer for their sought-after teams in the stadium itself as the board is planning to allow fans to attend the matches in the stadium, not in full capacity though since there are protocols that do not allow a 100% attendance.
The ongoing Test series between India and England is the first occasion in India after the resumption of cricket activities that fans could attend the matches in the stadium. Although the board did not allow any crowd during the first Test, the second Test at the MA Chidambaram stadium welcomed 50% of fans.
According to a BCCI official, if the England Test series completes seamlessly, IPL will also be organized in India. The official also informed that the board would hold a meeting after the IPL 2021 auction on February 18.
“In the last few days, a lot of positives have happened. With the Covid-19 situation improving every passing day, one thing is certain now that IPL 2021 will happen in India and we are sure to have fans in the stadium. The official decision about dates, venues, and other aspects will be taken at IPL GC meeting after auctions on Feb-18,” InsideSport.co quoted a BCCI official as saying.
“If the England series with fans goes off without any mishaps, then BCCI will hold the IPL allowing fans in stadia. We will see if the matches will be organized at limited venues – all of those decisions will be taken over the next few days,” the official added.