BCCI’s fear of farmer protests saw Mohali losing out as IPL venue

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Because of the continuing farmers’ agitation, the BCCI has determined to strike off Mohali from the listing of internet hosting venues for the forthcoming IPL. The BCCI feels it will be a danger if there was an agitation by farmers across the stadium, which might “attract media attention of the world.”

Mumbai too will probably be rigorously monitored for the worsening Covid-19 state of affairs within the metropolis. As per BCCI’s present plan Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru have been shortlisted.

“We don’t want a situation to arise where we have an IPL match in Mohali and a farmer agitation march moves towards the stadium. It will attract media attention from all over the world. We don’t want such a situation to arise. Mohali is not among shortlisted venues due to the current scenario in the northern part of India,” a prime BCCI official instructed The Indian Express.

The Punjab Kings has its base in Mohali however received’t host matches.

Venues in Punjab weren’t alloted Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 video games as a result of of fears of farmers’ agitation, the official stated.

“Except Punjab, we are monitoring most of the other venues. The elections also might force some changes in the venue list,” the BCCI official added.

Mohali’s exclusion as an IPL venue has not gone down nicely. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh tweeted, “I am surprised at the exclusion of Mohali Cricket Stadium for the upcoming IPL season. I urge and appeal to @BCCI & @IPL to reconsider their decision. There is no reason why Mohali can’t host IPL and our Government will make all necessary arrangements for safety against #Covid19.”

On Tuesday Punjab Kings had emailed BCCI asking for readability on the rationale for barring Mohali from internet hosting any IPL video games. Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia stated that he was disenchanted that Mohali had not been shortlisted regardless of the quantity of Covid-19 instances being low. “We have written to the BCCI to find out under what criteria they have selected the venues and why they have not selected us,” Wadia instructed PTI. “We were hoping to have games in Punjab.”

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