Remainder of IPL 2021 likely to be held in UAE in September

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According to various reports, the remaining 31 matches of the virus-hit Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 is likely to resume on September 19 or September 20 and run till October 10 in UAE. Earlier this month, the IPL 2021 has been postponed indefinitely after multiple players tested positive for the new string of coronavirus that currently crippling India. Follow us for more IPL 2021 match highlights and updates.

“The BCCI has spoken to all the stakeholders and the likely start could be between September 18th to 20th. Since September 18 is a Saturday and 19 a Sunday, it is more likely that you would want to re-start it on a weekend date,” an anonymous BCCI official told a news agency. “Similarly, October 9th or 10th will be the final [cricket match] as it’s a weekend.”

The source also added that that the remainder of the tournament will be split into  10 double headers, 7 single headers and 4 playoffs (two qualifiers, one eliminator and the final), which will be fit into the 21-day window the BCCI hopes to create before the ICC T20 World Cup. The BCCI will take a final call on the venue and the window in the upcoming special general meeting on May 29.

“If we can have those extra days eked out from the India-England schedule, then it adds to the window. If not, then within these 30 days, a full day will have to be set aside for the Indian team and English cricketers to travel from the UK to UAE, five days will have to be set aside for the knockouts later. That will leave the BCCI with 24 days to conclude 27 matches,” the source said.

The source also revealed that Board already decided to cancel India’s T20 series against South Africa in September for World T20 preparations. “The series can’t be held and in any case there can’t be any better preparation for the T20 World Cup than playing a high intensity tournament like IPL,” the source said. “There is a chance that India might play extra games when they tour South Africa early next year.”

Meanwhile, BCCI’s interim CEO Hemang Amin, also the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the IPL suggested to hold the remainer of the tournament in UAE since the host nation was already tried and tested, with a quarter of the IPL matches being hosted there in 2014 and the entire edition in 2020. Franchises are also agreeing with the idea of shifting the IPL to UAE.

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