Will IPL 2021 Allow Audience In Stadiums?
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Will IPL 2021 Allow Audience In Stadiums?

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is confident in hosting this year's IPL in India. While any official announcement is yet to be made, sources say that BCCI and the IPL governing council's meeting in the first week of March would decide where and when the tournament will be played. Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad will be hosting the IPL 2021 most likely. However, if people can watch their favorite stars live in stadiums or not is still in question. Indian betting sites are rooting for IPL 2021 to allow fans in Stadium as this would boost fans' morale, which will be beneficial to them.

India has successfully fought the COVID-19 virus until recently when the virus started to grow again. Recently, corona cases have increased, which has resulted in lockdowns and restrictions in various states of India. Maharashtra is one of the most affected states. The government of Maharastra has approved IPL to happen in Mumbai, but players would have to stay in Bio Bubble. Maharashtra government has also cleared that there would be no audience in the Stadium. This is sad news for the fans of IPL in Mumbai. Mumbai Indians, the defending champions, would have to play on their home ground without their fans.

While people from Mumbai might not enjoy the live-action, people from the other cities, however, can enjoy the action but in limited seats. The government has issued rules and regulations for outdoor sports where 50% audience can be allowed. Still, they'll have to follow the COVID-19 guidelines very carefully. These guidelines are issued by the union and can be changed by the state governments. Except for Mumbai, all other cities have a green light for a 50% capacity stadium. Still, if the situation does not improve, then the governments of the respective states might change the guidelines.

No matter what happens, BCCI is very clear about making this IPL happen in India. It has accepted all the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the state government, including testing players for covid-19 2 weeks prior to the tournament and maintaining a safe environment for the player with Bio-Bubble. Bio bubble was introduced in the last year's IPL, where players are enclosed in their hotel rooms and isolated from any form of outside contact. They only go from their hotel to the Stadium and back.

This year's IPL 2021 is one of the most special IPLs because it is happening in a period of just 4 months after the last IPL, and it is also returning to India. Fans are excited that this IPL will happen in India. Even though people would love to go to the stadiums to watch the live-action, most people are still very happy even if they don't get to go to the stadiums. All they wanted was the IPL to return home. The tentative date for IPL 2021 is 9th April. The tournament will happen in the same format as always, with a total of 60 matches.

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