Indian Board of Control of Cricket (BCCI) has just issued a statement that IPL 2021 will be held in India and we will get players vaccinated. As the Covid-19 situation is improving in India, BCCI does not need to consider an overseas venue for hosting the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), disclosed by BCCI official Arun Singh Dhumal.
Arun Singh Dumal is also the part of IPL Governing Council said that the BCCI is confident to host the upcoming IPL 2021 at the home unlike the previous edition which was conducted in the United Arab Emirates due to the Covid outbreak.
Dhumal also talked about getting the people back to the stadiums, India;s victory in Australia, the BCCI’s step to not ahead with Ranji Trophy this year and Covid vaccination for players.
“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 backup also at this point in time, we are wanting to do it here.
“India is probably safer than UAE at this point. Hopefully, the situation remains stable and keep improving and we will have it here,” Dhumal stated
Covid-19 cases in the United Arab Emirates are getting increased while there has been a decline in India. In September 2020, India was recording 90,000 cases per day which is now reduced to below 15,000.
The BCCI also had a difficult decision to not to conduct the Ranji Trophy 2021.
“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 the Women’s World Cup and U-19 World Cup next year.
“Rather than having one tournament, we thought of having events in different categories,” Dhumal said
He also talked about bringing back the crowds in the stadiums.
“We are very keen to have the crowds back. Surely, it won’t be 100 percent capacity given the challenges, but we are looking at anywhere between 25-50 percent.” added Dhumal