The IPL Governing Council on Sunday announced the schedule for VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 to be held in India. The BCCI has zeroed in on six venues, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai, where bio-bubble will be created for 60 matches to take place across 52 days. Earlier, there was uncertainty around Mumbai hosting any matches with the spike in COVID cases but the local government ensured full support to the board for the same.
Ever since IPL 2020 ended, BCCI has time and again maintained its stance of playing the tournament in India this year. Moreover, managing to host Syed Mushtaq Ali and Vijay Hazare Trophy along with hosting England in the four-match Test series successfully has made them confident.
The season will kickstart on 9th April 2021 in Chennai with a thrilling clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The World’s Largest Cricket Stadium – Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the Playoffs as well as the final on 30th May 2021. The newly-built stadium that hosted India’s second Pink Ball fixture at home with great grandeur will host its first-ever IPL.
“Each team is set to play at four venues during the league stage. Out of the 56 league matches, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata & Bengaluru will host 10 matches each while Ahmedabad and Delhi will host 8 matches each. One of the highlights of this edition of the VIVO IPL will be the fact that all matches will be played at neutral venues, no team will play at their home venue. All teams will play at 4 out of 6 venues during the league stage”, BCCI wrote in a report.
The complete fixtures for VIVO IPL 2021 can be downloaded by clicking HERE.