The 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) was set to roll on Friday in Chennai amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s IPL will be played behind closed doors across venues in India due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All teams will be prevented from gaining a home-field advantage by playing all their clashes away from home in bio-bubble COVID-19 protected environments.
Last year, the tournament was delayed and was also shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but the 14th edition returns to India, where the coronavirus situation has become worse in the previous weeks.
The Indian cricket board (BCCI) believed that they can “pull off” the event.
“We did it successfully in Dubai last year. We are confident we are going to do it again this time,” BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly told Reuters.
According to financial consultancy firm Duff & Phelps, players will be well compensated for their stint in India even without ticket sales.
Due to the curfews in Indian states, the viewership numbers were expected to surpass last year’s number of viewers.