Ganguly hints at no crowds for entire IPL 2021

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BCCI president says that opening up venues to crowds will be “bit of a risk”

Will the entire 2021 IPL be played behind closed doors? BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has hinted that the option cannot be ruled out, saying allowing crowds into the venues could pose a potential “risk”, something a “huge” tournament like the IPL can’t fancy.

While announcing the IPL schedule on Sunday, the BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a media release that an unspecified segment of initial half of the IPL will be played behind closed doors.

The BCCI’s cautious move for the IPL is in contrast to it allowing both Chennai and Ahmedabad venues being filled up to 50% capacity for the final three matches of the four-Test series against England which ended last weekend. Ganguly pointed out that there was a marked difference between hosting the IPL, an eight-team event, compared to a bilateral series.

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