BCCI Permits States T20 leagues
In a mail to the states on Wednesday (April 28), BCCI interim CEO Hemang Amin has told the associations that the apex body is according a one-time permission to conduct the tournament by waiving off the 15-day cooling off clause for the state units in view of the pandemic situation.
“Owing to the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, the BCCI is giving a one-time permission to organise the tournament within the 15-day window after completion of IPL 2021,” Amin stated in the letter. “Accordingly, the BCCI is pleased to grant you the approval to organise the tournament for the year 2021.”
However, Mumbai Cricket Association has already deferred its T20 league till further notice as Maharashtra fights the second wave of coronavirus.
“In the view of the current situation, President Vijay Patil ji and I, in my capacity as the Chairman, have taken the decision to not conduct the T20 Mumbai League till further notice. This is our way to reduce the load on the state machinery and also making sure everyone is safe,” MCA president Vijay Patil and chairman of Mumbai T20 league Milind Narvekar said in a joint statement on Thursday.
Four state associations – Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Saurashtra besides Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) – have sought permission to hold their own leagues.
The mail follows a decision at the recent apex council and Amin said that in as many words. “Your request for organizing the tournament falls within the 15-day period after the 2021 concludes as the IPL 2021 gets over on May 30, 2021. The issue was discussed at the apex Ccuncil meeting of the BCCI and after some deliberations it was decided that owing to the current covid-19 pandemic situation, the BCCI is giving permission to organize the tournament within the 15-day period after the completion of IPL 2021.”
The IPL 2021 is being played even as India is witnessing breaking records for daily coronavirus cases which were reported to have crossed 3.79 lakh yesterday alone.