The 14th season of the Indian Premier League is coming with controversy before it starts. Three franchisees have strongly objected to the venue.
The Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, and Sunrisers Hyderabad have raised objections to the Board of Control for Cricket in the decision to hold the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League in only six places.
Cricbuzz recently reported that the BCCI plans to start the league in Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, and Ahmedabad and also has the option of playing in Mumbai.
Negotiations have also been initiated with BCCI CEO Hemang Amin in this regard. All three franchises have written complaints.
The controversy started as
BCCI turned to other plans due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 in some states of the country including Maharashtra. It has finalized the names of Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Delhi, and Bangalore. Hence Mumbai can be chosen as the sixth venue. The same thing is going on with the other three franchises, whose matches will not be played at the local ground this year.
An official associated with one of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Punjab Kings, and Rajasthan Royals says, "These three franchises will be badly affected by this arrangement." The team that reaches the tournament playoffs performs well in their home ground. It is easy to win five to six bouts on favorable conditions and habitual pitch. In such a situation, RCB, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, and Mumbai Indians will get an additional benefit. Either all the matches should be held in a neutral place so that the match is equal.
Now what will be the step of BCCI
The BCCI tried to convince these teams that it is impossible to get all the eight franchises to compete in the event of an epidemic. On the board, it is also an example of the past season in the UAE. But these franchises have argued that the UAE grounds were new to every team. All the teams played only one match on their so-called home ground. The BCCI has told the franchise that it will announce the venues by the end of the month.