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Risk Element Factored in While Not Allowing Crowds in IPL: Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly didn’t say when the BCCI would consider having crowds back for IPL.

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Former India captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly during IPL 2020 in UAE. 
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The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has said that allowing crowds in IPL 2021 would have been a bigger logistical issue than letting in limited fans during the recently concluded Test series against England.

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.

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“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 was quoted as saying by India Today.

“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 the BCCI would consider having crowds back for IPL.

“Dont know yet, depends on 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 crowd (in IPL) with teams practising outside the stadiums, you expect crowds to get closer to practising teams during IPL, so that could be a risk,” he said with a note of caution.

The IPL is set to begin from 9 April with the final scheduled for 30 May.

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