Hyderabad: The Telangana minister for municipal administration and urban development has asked the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) to include Hyderabad as one of the venues for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL).

The minister tweeted, "Open appeal to @BCCI and @IPL office bearers to include Hyderabad as one of the venues for the upcoming IPL season. Our effective COVID containment measures are reflected in our low number of cases among all metro cities in India & we assure you of all support from the Government."

The 14th season of the Indian Premier League is likely to start from mid-April this year. The BCCI has to confirm the dates and venue for the matches.

The mini-auction for this season was held recently in which a total of 57 players were sold to eight teams.

Earlier, on 20 February, TRS MLA Danam Nagender, who represents Khairatabad Assembly in the city, had threatened to stop IPL matches from being held at a local stadium because Sunrisers Hyderabad has not picked any local players. During the recent IPL 2021 auction, no player from Hyderabad was picked for the team.

"In other IPL teams, every team has players from their respective states. But in Hyderabad, the globally recognized city, which also has several deserving and excellent players, they haven't taken a single player. There are several discrepancies in the selection process and we condemn it," he had said.

Reports indicate that many others, including former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin, are unhappy about local players being excluded from the Hyderabad team

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