IND vs SA: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has it priorities set with all the focus on how to safely schedule the remaining 31 games of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season and then the ICC T20 World Cup. And this is why, India’s T20I series against South Africa at home is set to be cancelled in order to resume the IPL during that window. According to recent reports, the BCCI is planning to restart IPL 2021 in between the 15 September- 10 October window.
Earlier in this month, BCCI had no other option than to postpone the IPL 2021 season indefinitely after multiple Covid-19 cases being reported in the teams bio-bubbles. However, as per the recent sources, BCCI has decided to resume the tournament from September 18 or 19 in the UAE. As per the tentative plans of the board, the remaining 31 matches could be completed in a short space of time with as many as 10 doubleheaders, 7 single match-days and 4 playoff matches during a 3-week window after India’s Test series against England.
“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. Since the T20 World Cup will start within a week or 10 days after completion of the IPL, the SA series can only be held at a later date,” a BCCI official said to PTI.
“There is a chance that India might play extra games when they tour South Africa early next year,” the source said.
It is also understood that India’s two-match Test series planned against New Zealand at home might be shifted to November possibly after the T20 World Cup. India was originally scheduled to host New Zealand for a two-match Test series during their home season before the T20 World Cup but things have rapidly changed due to covid-19 pandemic situation in the country.
“The two-Test home series against NZ could also be shifted. The India home season also had a two Test series against New Zealand in November and the dates of which could be shifted depending upon when the T20 World Cup ends,” the source further added.
The BCCI will discuss the above mentioned IPL schedule in detail during their Special General Meeting (SGM) on May 29 and any official announcement will be done after the same. Also, BCCI will be taking a call on the final destination plan for this year’s T20 World Cup.
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