But now that the IPL is back in India, it’s getting attention in another way. Various teams in the league are protesting against the Mumbai Indians playing at their home ground Wankhede next season. They are raising objections, alleging that playing Mumbai in Wankhede would give them an undue advantage. Teams that do not want the Mumbai Indians to play in Wankhede have no objection to them playing at Brabourne Stadium, DY Patil Stadium or MCA Stadium in Pune.
‘No team will get the benefit of playing at home this time. In this case, the other teams are of the view that allowing only the Mumbai Indians to play at Wankhede Stadium would give them an undue advantage. They have no objection to Mumbai Indians playing in other venues in Mumbai itself. However, they do not want to be allowed to play in Wankhede, where they have been playing for years, ” an Times team spokesperson was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
Even when the first phase of the season was played in India, the BCCI had ensured that not a single team would get the upper hand at home. The teams want the same move to continue this season.
At the same time, the BCCI is facing a major challenge in arranging training venues for teams in the IPL, which is limited to Maharashtra. According to a Times of India report, the BCCI is planning to use the Navi Mumbai Cricket Stadium and Bandra Kurla Complex facilities for training sessions.
According to the current report, the IPL is expected to start in the last week of March. The final will be held on May 29. But the venues for the play-offs have not been decided yet.
A final decision on all these issues is expected at the IPL Governing Council meeting on Thursday.