There will be no home advantage for the eight franchises in the upcoming Indian Premier League to be played in neutral places, but this is a fair deal, Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venki Mysore said on Wednesday.
The most lucrative T20 league is ready to return to India after a pit stop in the UAE in 2020, but all teams will be deprived of home conditions.
Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru will host 10 matches each, while Ahmedabad and New Delhi will host eight matches of the tournament, following the cluster format of the caravan.
“It’s always a little frustrating when you can’t play at home. But these are very understandable reasons and these are very difficult and very unusual times, because we all know that we’ve all been through this for a lot more than a year.”
Mysore said in a virtual media conference.
“I think it’s a fair resolution, playing in neutral places and in a bio-protective bubble. While it’s definitely something we’re going to miss, it’s completely understandable in the circumstances.”
In addition, Mysore said it spares no expense in sticking to the bio-bubble atmosphere and has appointed a “bubble manager” and a “bubble integrity manager” to ensure that all is well.
“We have a bubble manager and there is a bubble integrity manager, so there are some new positions being created.
“The trips this time will be different because we play in four different cities and then go back to the playoffs back to Ahmedabad. So we have arranged charters, as well as a balloon-to-balloon transfer, even when we leave the hotel and travel to the airport.
“We don’t save costs because everyone who participates, with the hotel service team or the team management. Everyone is part of the bubble. We were lucky to have a highly qualified doctor and last season and this season. We also have a whole staff that is ready to take care of the whole problem with balloon management, as we call it, “he said.
As for the performance, KKR missed the playoffs for the second time in a row, but Mysore sounded uneasy.
“This is an extremely competitive tournament. Last year we missed the qualifiers for a while,” he said as KKR missed the playoffs in net speed.
“This will be my 11th season with KKR and I believe we have made seven qualifiers in the playoffs, which means we are always contenders, we are always there.
“And I think that’s what you set out to be a contender, and then you have to win the right not only to compete for the grand prize, but also to be there, so the important thing is that we’ve always been there.
“We hope there are some stars who also need to line up in a long tournament like this, and we look forward to that,” Mysore concluded.