The next season of the Indian T20 League (ITL) is likely to be played across Maharashtra and Ahmedabad. The league matches will be played in Maharashtra and playoffs, including the final will be played in Ahmedabad, as per a report in Sportstar. Last weekend, during the ITL mega auction, the Board For Control Of Cricket In India (BCCI) spoke to the franchise representatives about the venues of the tournament.
This year, the BCCI would like to avoid the situation they faced last year. In April last year, the board staged the tournament in the country, in the middle of the second wave of COVID19. The board had decided to stage the tournament in the nation as they had successfully hosted England for the all-format series. The matches of the league were played in Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, and Ahmedabad.
In the middle of the tournament, players from different teams started testing positive for COVID19 which led to the suspension of the league until further notice. The rest of the tournament was played in the United Arab Emirates. Now, to avoid air traveling and any further hinderance, the board has decided to stage the league games in venues such as Wankhede Satdium, Brabourne Stadium, D.Y. Patil, Maharshtara Cricket Stadium, and Jio Stadium.
These stadium are located in Mumbai and Pune, which means teams can travel to these cities via team buses. The first four stadiums have hosted a lot of ITL and international games over the years. Jio Stadium hasn’t hosted any games but is believed to have all the facilities to stage an ITL game. This ground has been used by Mumbai for practicing. Meanwhile, the playoffs will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.