Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) President Mohammad Azharuddin has offered the BCCI the facilities of the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium at Uppal, Hyderabad for conducting the matches of IPL 2021, amidst the surge of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai.
Also recently, Wankhede Stadium ground staff and event managers tested positive for the deadly virus, putting the venue in jeopardy for hosting the IPL 14 matches. Though BCCI is hoping to host the scheduled IPL matches in Mumbai itself, reportedly, it is looking for alternate venues as well.
In the wake of the news, former India captain and current president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association, Mohammed Azharuddin, has offered facilities of the HCA to the Indian cricket board.
"In these difficult times there is all the more reasons for us to stand by each other," Azharuddin tweeted on Sunday. "Hyderabad Cricket Association would like to offer its facilities to @BCCI to ensure that IPL2021 is conducted in safe and secure venues,” Azharuddin tweeted.
The first match at the Wankhede is scheduled to be held on April 10, with last year's finalists Delhi Capitals taking on three-time champions Chennai Super Kings. The IPL 2021 will begin from April 9 onwards with RCB taking on MI in Chennai.