IPL 2021: Good news, government to allow 50% fans in the stadium for IPL 2021 and England tour of India

IPL 2021 Spectators allowed – 50% fans in the stadium will be allowed: The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) will begin in the month of April. The good news coming in from the quarters of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is that the government has decided to allow entry of 50% fans in the stadium for IPL and other sporting events in the country. The news should be welcomed by the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) and IPL fans as IPL 2020 in UAE was played without the fans in the stadiums. 

As per the latest set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Sports Ministry, 50 per cent attendance at stadia has been permitted along with the stipulation of a COVID-19 task force being set up by tournament organizing committees and in the BCCI’s case IPL Governing Council. 
 
The IPL GC and BCCI will have to follow the below guidelines set by the ministry for fans entry in the stadiums – 
 
1) The spectators at the sporting event would be in accordance with the guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs vide its letter No. 40-3/2020-DM-I (A); dated 25th November 2020 [Para 9 clause (v}) or as amended from time to time.
 
2) For outdoor events, spectators will be allowed upto a maximum of 50% of the total capacity of the stadium
 
3) CCTV monitoring should be planned for events to detect over-crowding at entry & exit gates and seating arena. 
 
Their is another rider attached to the government directive on spectators entry in the stadiums during the IPL matches. According to the released guidelines, that while the union ministry has given its go-ahead for sporting events to be hosted in the country, the final call will rest with the respective local authorities where the venues are located. Hence, IPL managing committee will have to take prior permissions from the local authorities to allow fans in the various stadiums, where the matches will take place.
 
The norms will also apply to England tour of India. The England team will be in India in the month of February to play 4 Test Matches / 5 T20’s and 3 match ODI series. 
 
Here’s all you need to know about IPL 2021 auctions – First thing first
 
Meanwhile, fans are eagerly waiting for the IPL 2021 but ahead of that, all eyes will be on IPL 2021 auction. Earlier it was being reported that there will be a full-fledged auction for IPL 14, but it has now been confirmed that BCCI will conduct only mini auctions, while the IPL 2022 will witness mega-auctions as two new teams will be added in the 15th season of IPL.
 
When will IPL 2021 Auctions take place?
 
IPL 2021 Auctions is likely to take place by mid-February in 2021.
 
Will it be mega auctions or mini auctions?
 
It is final now that no mega auction will be conducted for the 14th edition of IPL (IPL 2021). Instead, BCCI will conduct the mini-auctions. The full-fledged mega-player auctions will now be conducted for IPL 2022 once the two new teams are on board next year.
 
‘Full auction will not be possible this time because of time constraints and other issues. Rather we will conduct mini-auctions where franchises can bid for a few new players. The dates of the auctions and other things are still to be decided’, a BCCI official told InsideSport.
 
When & how will IPL 2021 Mini-Auctions be conducted?
 
According to the information coming in from various BCCI officials – the mini-auction for IPL 2021 will be conducted sometime in February. India’s domestic T20 tournament Syed Mushtaq Ali will be conducted from 10th Jan to 31st. The tournament will be a window for IPL franchises to gauge performances of the domestic hopefuls and recruit new talent in their teams.
 
How can franchises retain players in IPL 2021 mini-auction?
 
It is worth noting that franchises had only contract till IPL 2020 with the existing set of players. Before the mini-auction BCCI and franchises will complete contractual formalities with those players whom teams would like to retain for IPL 2021 season.
 
IPL 2021 Mini-Auction: What does it mean for IPL teams?
 
Some of the IPL franchises with a settled team like Mumbai Indians will be happy with the conduct of mini-auctions. But at the same time, teams like Chennai Super Kings which were looking to rebuild their squad after IPL 2020 debacle would be disappointed with the development.
 
Once BCCI and IPL Governing Council formally approves the date of Mini-Auctions, franchises will start the process of retaining or releasing the players from their squads. Some of the players who may not be retained by the IPL franchises includes the likes of Glenn Maxwell (KXIP), Kedar Jadhav (CSK), Dinesh Karthik (KKR), Jaydev Unadkat (RR), Imran Tahir (CSK), Kuldeep Yadav (KKR), Sheldon Cottrell (KXIP) and few others.