Former India captain and the current president of the BCCI Sourav Ganguly has indicated that allowing crowds in the IPL 2021 would have been a bigger logistical issue compared to letting in limited fans during the recently-concluded Test series versus England.
Ganguly on allowing crowds in IPL 2021
The BCCI has announced that no crowds will be allowed at the venues “Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad” where the matches will be played with no home games for any franchise.
“We have planned it well and we are doing it in clusters. There will be three chartered flights (at the max) for every team. Hopefully, we will be able to manage”.
“During England tour, teams have only two domestic chartered flights (Chennai to Ahmedabad and next will be Ahmedabad to Pune),” Ganguly told the India Today channel.
“The numbers are much less but fingers crossed as it’s a huge tournament, the BCCI did it successfully in Dubai and hopefully, we can do it this time as well,” he added.
He didn’t say when would the BCCI consider having crowds back for IPL. “Don’t know yet, depends on the situation. Dubai also was the same,” he said, referring to the 2020 IPL in the UAE.
“It’s slightly different from bilateral. If you open up for the crowd (in IPL) with teams practicing outside the stadiums, you expect crowds to get closer to practicing teams during IPL, so that could be a risk,” Ganguly said, with a note of caution.
Ganguly, who is still resting at his Kolkata residence post his angioplasty after minor heart attacks, knows how there has been speculation of him joining politics, ahead of the eight-phase elections from March 27 to April 29.
“We will see where it goes, what opportunities come in the way, we will take it from there,” Ganguly said when asked what’s next after cricket administration.
Ganguly said his life has been full of surprising twists and turns and he has never really had a clue about what’s coming next for him. “When I first became India captain, I didn’t expect it as Sachin Tendulkar was captaining. I probably wouldn’t have got it had Sachin not resigned.
“Similarly, when I became BCCI president, I didn’t know the minute before I would be the BCCI president. That’s the way my life has been…So we will see where it goes,” he said.
According to him, opportunities need to be considered factoring in various aspects of someone’s life.
“Opportunities come and you get influenced by a lot of things, your family, lifestyle, work, health, we will see where it goes,” he didn’t give away anything despite saying a lot of things.