T20 World Cup: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has laid all its cards out on the table. The Boards aims to organize the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season in the UAE, right after the completion of India’s five-match test series in England and give its players enough time to recuperate for the ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to start in mid-October. But there’s more to the schedule than meets the eyes. Not everything is as easy as it seems. BCCI has a lot of work to do to execute all the plans and get things done.
The ICC T20 World Cup, which was originally scheduled to be played in Australia from October 18 to 15 November 2020, was shifted to India due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. BCCI booked dates – October and November 2021 in India – and finalised venues for the global showpiece event. But the 2nd wave of Coronavirys wreaked havoc in India, with the country reporting an unprecedented record number of positive cases on a daily basis.
Covid-19 didn’t allow IPL 2021 to complete, with BCCI had to postpone the cash-rich tournament on May 4.
That decision left BCCI with a bad taste, and to make matters worse, ICC is rumoured to be keen on moving the ICC T20 World Cup out of India.
However, from what we have learned from BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM), the board is keen on hosting the ICC T20 World Cup, which also has UAE as a backup host, in India and is working on possible playing conditions to hold the tournament amidst the pandemic.
As per reports, BCCI is likely to ask ICC for a one-month extension to decide on hosting the ICC World Cup.
“The COVID-19 cases are reducing but obviously it is still not a situation where we can firmly commit to hosting the World T20. Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah are right in asking for one month’s time to decide,” as per an anonymous BCCI official.
“Obviously, they will also get feedback from the government whether it would be prudent to host it in India.
BCCI laid out the plans for the successful completion of the remainder of the IPL 2021 season – 31 matches to be precise. As per the decisions taken by BCCI in its SGM meeting, the phase 2 IPL 2021 start date is likely to be either September 19 or September 20.
All the remaining matches will be played at three different venues: Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. All the matches will be played in the 18-day window and will have 10 doubleheaders, 7 single day matches and 4 playoff fixtures.
BCCI is mulling over allowing IPL franchises a second IPL 2021 auction date in case big-name overseason players are not available to play.
England, Australia and West Indies players are unlikely to participate in the IPL 2021 phase-2, as per reports.