Indian T20 League: Mumbai and Ahmedabad likely to host the entire edition
Mumbai is likely to host all the league stage matches of the 14th edition of the Indian T20 League that is expected to commence either in mid-April or second week of April.
According to reports, the newly reconstructed Sardar Patel stadium in Motera is set to host the playoffs. Four stadiums in Mumbai are being discussed to host the league matches of the Indian T20 League 2021.
"At the moment there are discussions to host the league matches in four stadia in Mumbai -- Brabourne Stadium, Wankhede Stadium, D.Y. Patil Stadium and the Reliance Cricket Stadium. The play-offs are expected to be held in the refurbished Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera," an official in the know of things told IANS.
"However, this is yet to be made official. The tournament is likely to be hosted either in mid-April or the second week of April," he added.
The Indian T20 League 2021 was moved to the United Arab Emirates due to the global virus in India, however, the success in hosting of domestic events like the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 and Vijay Hazare one-dayers has made it possible for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to look at the possibility of hosting the cash-rich T20 tournament in India this time.
BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal had last month said that the 2021 IPL will be hosted in India. "As of now it has been decided that the IPL should be happening in India. In case the same situation prevails (with declining Covid-19 cases in India), then it should happen in India," Dhumal had told in an interview in January.
"We want to do it in India as the IPL is an Indian league. Hopefully, the situation remains the same. It would depend on how safe it is to have eight venues. Maybe we can think of a hub. We will take the final call according to the situation," he had said.