Mumbai may host entire IPL 2021 league stage
Three stadiums in Mumbai – Wankhede, Brabourne, DY Patil – could host 56 round-robin matches of IPL 2021.
The 14th edition of Indian Premier League will return to India after the previous season was hosted in UAE across three venues – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
However, this year may still miss out on usual home and away fixtures. Defending champions Mumbai Indians’ might get all their 14 league stage games in Mumbai while the play-off stage is expected to be played in Ahmedabad.
“From what I’m hearing and seeing, if England can come and tour, if the ISL (Indian Super League) can happen all in Goa, if Vijay Hazare Trophy (domestic 50-over competition) and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (T20 competition) can happen across venues, I can’t fathom the IPL moving out of India. I do believe the IPL will happen in India,” Delhi Capitals co-owner Parth Jindal said in an interview to ESPNcricinfo.
“I believe they’re contemplating whether to have the league phase at one venue (city) and playoffs at another venue. There’s a lot of chatter about Mumbai being possibly being one venue because it has three grounds (Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, DY Patil Stadium) and enough practice facilities, and Motera (Ahmedabad) hosting the knockouts, but it’s all unverified, it’s all just what I am hearing.”
The dates for IPL 2021 are yet to be fixed although the auction was done and dusted in Chennai on February 18.
England are currently touring India for four Tests, five T20Is and three ODIs. Chennai hosted the first two Tests with Ahmedabad, the city world’s largest cricket stadium, set to stage next two Tests and five T20Is. The ODI series will be played in Pune.