MUMBAI: In light of the rapidly increasing cases of Covid-19 across the country, the BCCI is considering staging the entire IPL this year in Maharashtra.
The Board is considering holding the T20 league at three venues in Mumbai: Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai (which will also host the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in January-February) and the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Gahunje, near Pune, according to TOI.
On the sidelines of the MCA’s Apex Council meeting on January 5, Hemang Amin (interim CEO of the BCCI and Chief Operating Officer of the IPL) met Vijay Patil (President of the Mumbai Cricket Association) in this regard. Following that, Amin and Patil met Sharad Pawar at the NCP supremo’s residence a few days later. The BCCI’s proposal has received Pawar’s approval. He, the BCCI, and MCA officials will visit Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and state chief secretary Debashish Chakrabarty this week or in the following ten days to arrange for the requisite approval. This should not be an issue because the competition will be held in a bio bubble with no spectators, and the players and officials will be put to the test often “TOI was informed by reputable sources.
Despite the fact that Maharashtra (40, 925 new cases on Saturday) and Mumbai (20, 971 new cases on Saturday) were experiencing a surge in Covid cases, the state administration had authorised athletic events if a few criteria were carefully followed, according to the source.
According to the Maharashtra government’s most recent directive, “Except for national and international level contests that have already been organised, sporting competitive events would be postponed, under the following conditions: 1: There will be no crowd, and 2: All players and officials will be enclosed in a bio-bubble. 3: The GOI rules will apply to all foreign and domestic players that participate. 4: RT-PCR/RAT for all players and officials every third day.
The state government has agreed to host the AFC Women’s Asia Cup in Maharashtra in 2022 for this reason.
Normally, the IPL is held in a home-and-away style, but the BCCI has reduced the number of centres from ten to four due to the massive increase of Covid instances in India (1,41,986 new Covid-19 cases were documented in the country on Saturday). The BCCI was compelled to postpone all domestic competitions on January 5 due to the rising Covid number.
The BCCI would be able to prevent air travel during the tournament by limiting the league to just three stadiums in Mumbai and one venue in adjacent Pune, which was cited as one of the key causes of Covid cases in the bio-bubble last year.
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“The IPL is currently scheduled to take place in India. If the Maharashtra option is also ruled out in the future, the BCCI may be obliged to bring the IPL back to the UAE “a source said