IPL 2021: Since the indefinite suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier this month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been trying its best to look for a possible window to complete the remainder of the tournament. However, if the recent reports are to be believed, BCCI has zeroed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the final destination where the remaining 31 matches of IPL 2021 will be hosted possibly during the 15 September to 10 October window. Team India is scheduled to play a five-match Test series in England starting from August 4 and the fifth Test match is scheduled from September 10-14.
Just like 2020, the remaining 31 matches of IPL 2021 will be take place in the UAE where there are three major venues namely Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah confirmed a report mentioned in Telegraph. However, all the details regarding the IPL new schedule will be announced officially after BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM) scheduled on May 29. Also, there is a big possibility that this year’s T20 World Cup will take place in the UAE as well.
The BCCI has prepared a tentative plan for the second leg of IPL 2021 season with a start date of around September 18 or 19 and the final to be held on October 10. There could be as many as 10 doubleheaders, 7 single day matches and 4 playoff fixtures.
With the possibility of shifting both the IPL and T20 World Cup to the UAE, it has become really difficult for the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to host multiple cricket tournaments in a short span of time. Already, the remaining matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) are scheduled to start in the UAE from June 2. Also, Pakistan is scheduled to host bilateral series against New Zealand and Afghanistan in the UAE possibly during September-October.
“We have made it clear to BCCI that in case the ICC shifts the T20 World Cup out of India we have to hand over the grounds to them by October 1,” sources in the Emirates Cricket Board told the Telegraph.
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