The famous Indian Premiere League will start on 9th April without crowd’s presence as COVID-19 cases are once again rising in India. Last year, the league which is the richest one in the world was held in UAE but this year’s edition will be played at 6 different venues of India.
BCCI’s secretary Jay Shah has said that the league will be played behind closed doors at initial stage and a call for letting the crowd to come into stadium will be taken at the later stage of the tournament.
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The COVID-19 cases in India are rising and so far, 11.2 million cases have been reported and in mid January a mass vaccination against coronavirus was launched. The Narendra Modi Stadium which is the largest cricket stadium in the world will host the play-offs and final of IPL 2021 on 30th May. A total of 56 league matches will be played and Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore will host 10 matches while Delhi and Ahmedabad will share eight games each. The tournament’s fixtures have been mapped in such a way that each team will travel only thrice during the league stage thus reducing the risk.
The 14th edition of IPL will start in Chennai with the match between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Vivo, the Chinese technology company will be back as the title sponsor after the deal was suspended last year after border clashes between India and China.
Kings XI Punjab has rebranded themselves this year and now they will come into the competition with a new name i.e. Punjab Kings. Remember Punjab Kings, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore have not won IPL title yet.