The team management of Punjab Kings has expressed its disappointment after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ignored Mohali and Dharamsala while shortlisting venues for the 14th edition of IPL.
According to the reports of Times of India, the BCCI has shortlisted Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Delhi, and Bengaluru as the six cities to host IPL 2021.
Reacting to the development, Punjab Kings’ co-owner, Ness Wadia, questioned BCCI why his team’s base in Mohali has not been picked among the potential venues for the upcoming tournament.
“We have written to the BCCI to find out under what criteria they have selected the venues and why they have not selected us. We were hoping to have games in Punjab,” Wadia told PTI.
“Some of the teams will not have home advantage, those are the concerns. The cases in Chandigarh and Mohali are not that much, I don’t know on what basis they have shortlisted the venues,” he added, referring to Chandigarh’s 69 new COVID-19 cases.
Notably, Mumbai could host a few IPL matches this year only if the Maharashtra government gives the green signal.
However, the apex governing body of cricket in India is yet to take a final call on the matter.
In case the BCCI does not make any changes to the list, IPL 2021 will be the second consecutive season where the Punjab-based franchise would not play in front of their home crowd. IPL 2020 was shifted to the United Arab Emirates due to the rising cases of novel coronavirus in India.