As the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League is all set to take place soon, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to host the league in six venues – Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. However, this didn’t go down well with three IPL franchises, namely Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
They have reportedly shared their disappointment over the decision of the board and According to the Times of India, co-owner of the Punjab Kings, Ness Wadia has sent a letter to the BCCI asking for an explanation for not getting the chance to play at their home games.
“We have sent the BCCI a query on why we have been excluded. We would like to know the reason. We have also asked for more clarification on how this process works,” TOI quoted Wadia as saying.
Meanwhile, another franchise official was quoted by Cricbuzz commenting on the three sides losing their home crowd and the business associated with it.
“We three teams will be badly affected. The teams doing well are the ones who do well at home, win five or six home games and a few away, and that will take you through to the play-offs. Those five teams will have the home advantage, we will have to put up with all away game,” a franchise official added.
On the other hand, KT Rama Rao, the son of Telangana’s chief minister, has tweeted to the BCCI with an option to host the games at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. And, former India captain and President of Hyderabad Cricket Association, Mohammad Azharuddin has also backed him and assured them with all the bio-bubble protocols to be strictly followed if Hyderabad gets the chance to host any match in IPL 2021.
“I strongly support the appeal by @ktrtrs. Hyderabad is absolutely capable in handling and conducting @IPL as per @BCCI’s directives and preparing a bio-secure bubble,” tweeted Mohammed Azharuddin.
However, Kolkata is expected to get the games at the last stage of the cash-rich league due to the election in West Bengal. On the other hand, Maharashtra is currently facing issues with the recent rise of COVID-19 cases, especially in Mumbai and Pune. The final call on this is likelyly to be taken soon.