Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad have raised objection to BCCI venue decision for the upcoming Indian Premier League.
Although, the BCCI is yet to officially announce the venues for IPL 2021, it is largely believed that Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi and Ahmedabad will be the venues for the league this year due to various COVID-19 restrictions in India.
Former Indian Skipper and current president of Hyderabad Cricket Association, Mohammed Azharudding took to twitter saying : “I strongly support the appeal by @ktrtrs. Hyderabad is absolutely capable of handling and conducting @IPL as per @BCCI’s directives and preparing a bio-secure bubble,” Azharuddin tweeted.
— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) February 28, 2021
As per the website, the three franchises have already taken up the matter formally with BCCI CEO Hemang Amin, outlining their objections separately. They intend to collectively lodge a written protest too.
“We three teams will be badly affected. The teams doing well are the ones who do well at home, win five or six home games and a few away, and that will take you through to the play-offs. Those five teams (Royals Challengers Bangalore, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians) will have the home advantage, we will have to put up with all away game,” a franchise official was quoted as saying by the leading cricket website.
Earlier, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) working president KT Rama Rao made an appeal to the BCCI and IPL office bearers to include Hyderabad as one of the venues for the upcoming edition of the league.
Our effective COVID containment measures are reflected in our low number of cases among all metro cities in India & we assure you of all support from the Govt
— KTR (@KTRTRS) February 28, 2021
The BCCI has told the franchises that it would announce the venues by end of the month. The franchises are expecting a formal communication early next week.
IPL 2021: SRH, RR and Punjab raise objection over IPL venues