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Maharashtra and Gujarat likely venues to host IPL

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According to recent sources, the BCCI is working on hosting the forthcoming season of the Indian Premier League in Maharashtra and Gujarat.

While Maharashtra would be hosting the league phase of the tournament, Gujarat will witness the playoffs.

As of now, the Board is mulling organising the league stage in Maharashtra, and the playoff in Ahmedabad.

After the meeting of the authorities on Thursday, the final decision taken by the BCCI is that IPL would be held in India this year and would only be shifted to the UAE if the Covid situation goes out of control in India.

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As of January 6, TOI had issued a report in which it was stated that BCCI had a plan B in mind which was to host the entirety of the IPL in Maharashtra.

The three stadiums chosen for this year’s IPL in Maharashtra are the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Brabourne Stadium of the Cricket Club of India, and the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.

Premal Udani expressed his excitement for the IPL,

Maharashtra and Gujarat likely venues to host IPL, Six Sports

Yes, I believe that the IPL is coming to CCI, and we’ll be very glad to host it.

Crowds to be allowed at only 25% capacity

Maharashtra and Gujarat likely venues to host IPL, Six Sports

Some exciting news for fans has also come out of this meeting.

25% crowds would be allowed to watch IPL matches at all venues thus the popular league would not be seeing empty stadiums.

But this would only be allowed if the Covid cases remain at a low in Mumbai and Pune.

If the number of positive cases aren’t high around that time, the state government authorities are likely to allow 25% capacity crowds for this year’s IPL.

For this to happen, the BCCI had also met Aseem Gupta who is State Principal secretary for Relief and Rehabilitation in January.

BCCI wants to reconstruct the India vs New Zealand scenario of last December where 25% crowd capacity was allowed at Wankhede Stadium.

Maharashtra and Gujarat likely venues to host IPL, Six Sports

One source told TOI,

As per that guideline, 50% capacity was allowed indoors, which means that corporate boxes , and perhaps the press box, could be filled upto 50% of the capacity.

Adding further,

Even in the present situation, the Maharashtra government, as per its last order on Covid norms, is keen to organize national and international sporting events as long as a strict bio-bubble, and all the Covid protocols are maintained. This is why the state govt has allowed the ongoing AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Mumbai and Pune, the TATA Open tennis tournament in Pune and the next edition of the IPL in the same cities.

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