The Indian Premier League was reportedly set to commence with the idea of “one city only tournament” in October. Despite the the worst-hit cities in India the same report claims that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking to host the 2020 edition of the IPL in Mumbai, maintaining a bio-bubble. Here are the possible stadiums to be used if the Mumbai will host the whole IPL season:
The Wankhede Stadium staged its first Test in the 1974-75 season when West Indies toured India. The stadium has been the venue of some great innings such as Sunil Gavaskar’s 205 against the West Indies and Alvin Kallicharan’s 187 in the same game in the 1978-79 series and all-round heroics led by Ian Botham’s century and 13 wickets in the Jubilee Test in 1980, which England won by 10 wickets.
It has a capacity of 33,108, following renovations for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, in which India defeated Sri Lanka and became the first country to win the cricket world cup on home soil. Before the upgrade, the capacity was approximately 45,000. The highest score by an Indian at Wankhede remains Vinod Kambli’s 224 against England in 1992-93 in only his third Test.
Brabourne Stadium is one of the oldest cricket grounds owned by the Cricket Club of India (CCI) and was the first permanent venue for sports. It was built on a piece of land reclaimed from the sea which Lord Brabourne, Governor of Bombay, presented to CCI. It was officially inaugurated on 7 December 1937 and it can accommodate 50,000 people for sports matches up to date.
The first first-class match to be played at the ground was between Lord Tennyson’s XI and a CCI XI in 1937. It hosted IPL playoff that is eliminator between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. In IPL 2015 the venue was secondary home ground to the Rajasthan Royals. After the inauguration of Wankhede Stadium, the use of Brabourne stadium for test cricket matches was discontinued.
DY Patil Stadium
The DY Patil Stadium also known as DY Patil Sports Stadium is a football stadium inaugurated on 4 March 2008 and was briefly the home ground for IPL team Mumbai Indians. The capacity of 55,000 makes it the ninth largest cricket ground in India. The stadium makes use of bucket seats and cantilever roofs that eliminate the need for columns.
The semi-final was the last FIFA U17 WC match hosted at the DYPatil Stadium. In 2009, the 7th between India and Australia during Australia’s 2009 tour of India was supposed to be the first international cricket match to take place but was cancelled due to heavy rain. In IPL 2010, the stadium hosted 6 matches including the opening match, the semi-finals, the 3rd place playoff and the final.