The cricket extravaganza, IPL 2021, is set to resume next month with a high octane clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in what will be the 30th match of the tournament. A total of 31 games, including the playoffs, will be played in this phase of the tournament with a summit clash set to be played on October 15. Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah are the three venues shortlisted to host the remaining IPL 2021 matches.
Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have officially confirmed the availability of their players for the second half of the IPL 2021. The governing bodies of both nations informed BCCI that they have no objection to sending their players to the marquee tournament, which kick starts on 19th September in UAE.
Some Australian players including the David Warner and Glenn Maxwell opted out of international tours to be available for IPL 2021 while the ECB shifted the international tours of Bangladesh to make space for the cash-rich league.
Kasi Viswanathan, the CEO of Chennai Super Kings confirmed about the development and said.
“We have got a call from the IPL office and have been informed that the boards have no objection to their players’ participation. It is now up to the players. Our Australian and English players (Jason Behrendorff, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali) are available,” he said
CSK and MI are the first two teams to reach the UAE to begin their preparations for the tournament. While MS Dhoni and his men are currently in Dubai, the Rohit Sharma-led team has decided to commence their practice in Abu Dhabi. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are likely to reach Abu Dhabi around August 27.
Delhi Capitals are currently placed on the top of the table with six wins out of eight games and are followed by Chennai Super Kings with five wins in seven games. Royal Challengers Bangalore are on the number three spot with five wins in seven matches and defending Champions Mumbai Indians are placed fourth in the points table with four wins in their bag in seven matches.