According to reports from Sports Today, the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) which was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is set to resume on the 19th or 20th of September and go on till October 10. The tournament had to be suspended early this month due to the pandemic breaching the bio-bubbles. With more than 5 cases being reported among personnel inside the bubble, the tournament had to be postponed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The BCCI then got each and every player back home safely before further plans were begun to be made on a possible resumption. With India all but ruled out due to the dire situation with regard to the second wave of the pandemic, both UAE and the UK were considered. With weather and cost being concerns about the latter, it has now reportedly been decided that the tournament will be held in the tried and tested venue of UAE.
BCCI looking to have 10 double headers in remainder of IPL 2021
According to Sports Today, the BCCI is looking at 10 Double Headers, 7 single day games and 4 playoff games to complete the tournament. This would mean a packed schedule but because of the closeness of the three venues in UAE – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah and due to the three already having hosted the tournament, it is expected that the BCCI will be able to pull off the tournament with ease.
Meanwhile, it has also been decided that there would be no changes in the schedule of India’s tour of England which was initially considered to be shortened or changed in order to have a larger time window for the IPL. But now, that plan has not been implemented and the short window of around 20 days available in late September after the England tour and early October before the ICC T20 World Cup has all but been confirmed. More details and an official confirmation on the same are awaited.