There are reports that the BCCI is looking to stage nearly 70 matches in Maharashtra with the most matches in Mumbai at the Wankhede stadium. As of now, the reports say that the play-offs are being planned to be hosted at Narendra Modi Stadium in Gujarat. The news has not gone down well with the other franchises who believe that doing so will give an undue advantage to the MI franchise.
BCCI is aiming to restrict the air travel of the teams, officials, and logistics in the upcoming IPL in order to reduce the probability of Covid cases. Last year IPL had to be conducted in two stages after India was severely hit by the pandemic.
“None of the other teams are getting home matches. It will be unfair if MI play a lot of their matches at Wankhede, which has been their den for years. The franchises have raised this concern. The franchisees don’t have an issue with Mumbai Indians play bulk of their matches at DY Patil stadium and in Pune. Even the Brabourne stadium is fine. Hopefully, the BCCI will look into the matter,” an anonymous franchise member told Times of India.
Mumbai has been a dominant team in their home ground. With familiar conditions and short boundaries, every team finds it hard to beat MI at the Wankhede stadium. Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in the IPL with five victories under the leadership of Rohit Sharma.
It is likely that the matches will be played without the spectators however BCCI may allow a certain number of the crowd if the Covid cases do not rise sharply. There are also speculations that the tournament could very well move out of India in the unexpected case of the Covid surge, although the situation as of now seems that the entire IPL will be hosted in India.