Owing to the health and safety concerns, media personnel will not have access to the Indian Premier League, which starts today (09/04/21).
In a statement, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which owns the IPL said it recognises the high interest in the league but had to arrange for the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 to be held behind closed doors. This means that independent media including international news agencies which are Members of the News Media Coalition and had all covered the recent England tour to India will not be able to access the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai to cover the start of games or team practice sessions.
Media are allowed to use official video/audio material from virtual press conference on their respective websites or mobile applications – however the material must not be uploaded on social media platforms including to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The BCCI added: ‘If health and safety conditions are more favourable later in the season, media may be allowed to access the stadiums to cover the tournament. Such an announcement will be made in due course.’