The Indian Premier League 2021 is likely to resume on September 19 or September 20 and run till October 10 in UAE, according to a report in Sports Today.
The remaining 31 matches of IPL 2021 will be split into 10 double headers, 7 single headers and 4 playoffs, which will be fit into the 21-day window the BCCI hopes to create before the ICC T20 World Cup.
There is tremendous intent from all stakeholders to complete the IPL, boards are being spoken to. Franchise owners, CEOs have confirmed this news to us. BCCI officials have confirmed off the record,” sports journalist Boria Majumdar said in his YouTube show for Sports Today.
“The BCCI will not ask ECB to change dates for the India-England series. The tour ends on September 14.”
As per the report, the players will undergo a bubble to bubble transfer after the England tour, and quarantine in UAE for three days.
The report added that the Caribbean Premier League, supposed to be held from August 28 to September 19, will be readjusted. Owners of Kolkata Knight Riders and Trinbago Knight Riders being the same, they are expected to play a major role in the negotiations. The BCCI will request for the CPL to be finished four-five days in advance, around the same time India tour of England ends.
The players involved in CPL too will undergo a bubble to bubble transfer to Dubai.
The report said the board still has plenty of challenges, as there are multiple bilateral series planned around that time in the lead up to the T20 World Cup. The Indian board is in negotiations with the other boards to ensure maximum availability of foreign players.
There is still no clarity on the venue for the T20 World Cup, although it is likely to be held in UAE. It is expected that there will be a two-week window from end of IPL to start of World Cup.
The IPL 2021 was suspended in the first week of May due to rise in cases of COVID-19 within the bio-bubbles. IPL 2020 was held in UAE due to COVID spread in India.
Source: News 18