In light of the Covid-19 issue in India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to shift the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 to the UAE. BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla made the announcement on Saturday, according to news agency ANI.
The IPL is set to restart on September 18 or 19, with up to 10 double-headers scheduled to be played over a three-week period.
It’s possible that the final may take place on October 9 or 10. The three-week window will be sufficient for the league to complete its remaining 31 games for the season, resulting in a win-win situation for the BCCI, teams, and broadcasters.
“The BCCI has spoken to all the stakeholders and the likely start could be between September 18th to 20th. Since September 18 is a Saturday and 19 a Sunday, it is more likely that you would want to re-start it on a weekend date,” an official was earlier quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“Similarly, October 9th or 10th will be the final as it’s a weekend. We are finalising the itinerary and there will be 10 double headers and seven evening matches along with four main games (two qualifiers, one eliminator and the final), which completes the list of 31 matches,” the official added.
The Indian squad’s final Test match against England is scheduled to end on September 14 in Manchester, and the entire team (excluding Hanuma Vihari and Abhimanyu Easwaran) would be flown to the UAE on a chartered aeroplane for a “bubble to bubble” move the next day.
“The Indian team and the English players who will be available will fly in the same charter flight from Manchester to Dubai. Similarly, the West Indies players will also fly in after completing the Caribbean Premier League engagements. There will be three-day quarantine for players arriving from UK and the Caribbean,” the source said.
A franchise official said that BCCI had contacted them about the situation.
After many players tested positive for Covid-19, the league was banned indefinitely in early May.
The BCCI stated in advice that it did not wish to jeopardize the safety of the players, support staff, and other participants involved in the IPL’s organization. his decision was taken keeping the safety, health, and well-being of all the stakeholders in mind.