IPL 2021, which was postponed, in the beginning of the May, is now rescheduled to a later date in the month of September, and at a different venue. The BCCI has shifted the venue to- UAE, which is very ahead in the process of Vaccination and is reporting very less cases, compared to India at present. This decision was very much expected- as to make the second half happening in this year and before the T20WC, which will also be a good way for practice for the players, before a big tournament like the World Cup. The board will also work with franchises on making the players available due to packed international schedules. It will exciting to see the BCCI conducting the IPL in September, amidst all the availability concerns.
The unavailability of major players for the second leg of the IPL 2021 might force the BCCI to conduct an IPL Auction. The cricket boards generally provide a NOC to the players participating in the IPL for the month of April and May. But, the untimely schedule of IPL has left certain boards to rethink about sending the players due to packed schedules. The another reason would be the T20 World Cup which is to take place during the period of October- November. The players like Pat Cummins and Ben Stokes have already pulled out of the second leg of the IPL 2021.
“That’s what most of us are wary of, the availability of English and Aussie cricketers. If there are players who decide not to travel for whatever reasons, adequate replacements will have to be sought,” Source told TOI.
England vs India: July-September
West Indies vs Pakistan: July-August
Bangladesh vs Australia: August
CPL: August- September
The top West Indies players like Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard, Andre Rusell, and Dwayne Bravo will be a part of the bilateral T20 series for the next 2 months. Additionally, several top-ranked players will be a part of the CPL as well. Then, the players will have be to be a part of the T20 World Cup, and would need a rest before the tournament, so their participation is certainly doubtful.
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