According to reports, the BCCI is confident of hosting the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League with fans in the stadium. The decision regarding the venues will be taken post the IPL auction slated on February 18th. Due to the coronavirus, IPL 2020 was played behind the closed door in UAE. The BCCI though is confident of hosting the upcoming season in India, that too with fans in the stadium.
“In last few days a lot of positives have happened. With the 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. The official decision about dates, venues and other aspects will be taken at IPL GC meeting after auctions on Feb-18,” aBCCI official told InsideSport.co
Fans have been allowed in the ongoing series between India and England with a 50% capacity, and if everything goes well, it’ll boost the chances of IPL being played infront of the fans.
“If the England series with fans goes off without any mishaps, then BCCI will hold the IPL allowing fans in stadium. We will see if the matches will be organised at limited venues – all of those decisions will be taken over the next few days.” the official further added.
The IPL auction will be held in Chennai on February 18 where a total of 292 players will go under the hammer. All eyes will be on players like Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings and Aaron Finch, that are likely to attract the most bidders. Also, Indian players like Kedar Jadhav, Harbhajan Singh and Umesh Yadav will also be up for the grabs.