BCCI official claims IPL 2021 will commence in India “with fans in stadium”

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A top Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official told a news outlet that the Board is confident of staging Indian Premier League (IPL) in India in April-May window and are also sure that fans will be allowed in the stadium The mini auction for IPL 2021 has already been confirmed to take place in Chennai on February and now the tournament is all set to get underway from April 11 to June 7.

While there is no official word yet on the IPL 2021 schedule from the BCCI, preparations for the tournament is reportedly underway. “In last few days lot of positives have happened. With Covid-19 situation improving every passing day, one thing is certain now that IPL 2021 will happen in India and we are sure to have fans in the stadium,” top BCCI official told a sports news outlet.

“The official decision about dates, venues and other aspects will be taken at IPL GC meeting after auctions on Feb-18,” the official added.  “If England series with fans goes off without any mis-happening then BCCI will hold the IPL allowing fans in stadia. We will see if the matches will be organized at limited venues – all of those decisions will be taken over next few days.”

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According to the mail by BCCI to all franchise and BCCI members attending the IPL Auctions, “Please note that the team members attending the player auction in Chennai will need to do a RT-PCR test 72 hours before the auction date and submit the negative report. Further, there will a test done in Chennai at the venue for the members attending the auction.”

The ongoing 2nd test in Chennai is the first sports event in the country where fans are allowed in the stadium, with more than 15,000 fans watched the match at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk as 50% in-stadia audience was allowed for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak. The only setback the Board is currently facing is the title sponsor as the IPL 13 title sponsor Dream11 ended its contract.

Earlier, Arun Dhumal, who is also on the IPL Governing Council, confirmed that the board is confident that it would be able to host the 2021 edition of the cash-rich T20 league at home “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 back-up also at this point in time, we are wanting to do it here,” he said.

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