The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to move the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 to the UAE in view of the Covid-19 situation in India. The announcement was made by BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla on Saturday.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year,” said a statement from the BCCI on Saturday.
“The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL,” the statement added.
The IPL was postponed in early May after a number of players tested positive for Covid-19, and there are 31 matches of the season still to be played; new dates not expected to clash with England’s Test series against India.
It is expected the tournament will resume on September 19 with the final taking place on October 10 in order for England’s Test series with India to still go ahead as scheduled.That is expected to finish on September 14 with any players involved at Old Trafford expected to fly directly from the UK to a new biosphere bubble in the UAE.
However, the new dates are expected to leave just one week between the end of the IPL and the start of the T20 World Cup and would also mean a clash with the Caribbean Premier League.