The effects of COVID-19 continues to impact the world’s health, economic, and other institutions. The same is the issue with sports. The imposition of lockdown and travel restrictions in various countries has forced all sporting activities to pause temporarily.
Bilateral series, domestic cricket, IPL, major cricket tournaments have all been on halt for months. But the situation is gradually getting under control. We can see cricket action in parts of the world. As far as BCCI is considered, organizing IPL 2020 is very important, and the board is ready to make compromises.
In a letter written by the president of the BCCI, a tentative window of organizing IPL 2020 from September 26th to November 8th has been identified. The board preferred hosting the league in their own country.
In this article, we will look at the top 5 venues which can host IPL 2020:
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association
One of the most beautiful grounds in India, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium in Dharmasala, was established in 2003, with a seating capacity of 23,000. It is as picturesque as the Newlands or Adelaide Oval. One of the impressive features of this ground is its openness and small-sized stands, which allows the winds to move across, assisting the fast bowlers.
The venue has been the home ground for Kings XI Punjab for Many IPL seasons. The stadium has witnessed domestic matches as well as few matches during the 2016 World T20.
Many states in India are severely affected by COVID-19. Himachal Pradesh is one of the least affected state in India, making this venue a safe option to host a few IPL matches.
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium is popularly known as the Mohali Stadium. It is a truly spectacular sight to see at night. It is one of India’s most vibrant cricketing venues and was established in 1992. It is the primary home ground for Kings XI Punjab. This venue has witnessed international cricket and domestic cricket. This venue had one of the greenest pitches in the whole country, a paradise for bowlers.
Currently, Punjab has recorded around 700 active cases. However, the recovery rate of patients is high, making it a safe environment for hosting some cricket.
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium is located in Raipur. It is famously known as Parsada International cricket Stadium. It is relatively unknown to many cricket fans. It is the largest stadium, in terms of seating capacity and the third largest in India. It can house around 65,000 people. In 2013, the venue was declared as a second home venue for the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capital) and has since hosted many IPL matches of their home team.
The recovery rate in Chhattisgarh is impressive, making it a viable venue.
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium was originally called the Karnataka State Cricket Association. Built-in 1969, the stadium witnessed classic cricket moments in the past such as the test debut of legendary cricketer, Viv Richards, and Gordon Greenidge. The stadium is the home ground of the IPL franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Recently, the pitch has offered pace and bounce and has favoured both batsmen and bowlers. In Karnataka, although the cases are in thousands, the recovery rate is high. Therefore, this venue can a good option for IPL matches.
Jharkhand States Cricket Association International Cricket Stadium
Jharkhand States Cricket Association International Cricket Stadium is the home ground of former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Established in 2011, the stadium can house 40,000 people at a time. Presently, the capacity of the stadium is 50,000.
The stadium acts as a home ground for IPL Franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK). It has hosted many tests, one day International and T20 matches in the past. The stadium also witnessed women One day and T20 matches.
Although Jharkhand has more than 800 active cases, the number is better than most of the states with more than 600 recovered. Thus, making the venue feasible to conduct matches.