IPL 2021 Phase 2: No sport is good without fans. The atmosphere the crowd creates inside the stadium is what makes the games a sight to behold. It’s a proven fact that players feed off the energy of the supporters and often push themselves beyond their limits when riding on the support of the fans.
The IPL 2021 is set to move to the UAE. The remaining 31 games and the playoffs will be held during the September-October window, with matches likely to be played at three different venues – Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. September 17, 18 or 19 are being muted as the possible IPL 2021 starting date. There is more good news regarding the IPL 2021 second leg in UAE.
The latest developments indicate that BCCI and the Emirates Cricket Board are working over the possibility of hosting crowds inside the stadium for the IPL 2021 Phase 2 in the UAE.
However, as per the Covid-19 guidelines in the UAE, the fans attending the matches must be vaccinated and stadiums are allowed to have fans at 50% capacity, as per an anonymous official of UAE Cricket.
If that happens – crowd inside the stadium – it will be a win-win situation. BCCI and IPL governing council can expect to get a better TRP as matches offer a better experience on TV when the fans are shouting for their team inside the stadium.
BCCI, in its SGM meeting, confirmed that the IPL 2021 is going to happen in the UAE but the board is yet to announce a formal schedule.
But if we factor in India’s five-match test tour of England and the start of the ICC T20 World Cup in October this year, IPL 2021 start date is likely to be between September 15 and September 20.
BCCI have only a limited window to organize the remaining 31 matches. There are likely to be more double-headers and fewer single day matches.
BCCI have more to bite in the next couple of months than it can bite. Organizing the IPL is the start of the problem, as quite a few cricket boards are reluctant to release their players for the IPL 2021 second leg in UAE. The reason being that the international schedule is packed for that period, and the cricket board wants to keep their players fresh and energized for the all-important ICC T20 Cricket World Cup.
England and New Zealand have already announced that they want their players to choose national assignments over the riches of the Indian Premier League.