IPL 2021: BCCI mull hosting rest of 31 fixtures in UAE
The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League was being staged in India without any issue, thanks to the Indian bio bubble. Despite the coronavirus surge in India, the games were still played behind closed doors. However, all of a sudden, things did take a drastic turn.
The coronavirus pandemic started to spread across four IPL teams. Before things started to get from bad to worse, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) indefinitely.
So far, the BCCI hosted as many as 29 games in India. Earlier, there were reports that BCCI was planning to host the rest of the 31 fixtures in India especially in the September window. But, the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic started to spread like wildfire.
BCCI devises a plan to host IPL in the September-October window
Thus, the ongoing situation made it tough for the BCCI to resume the rescheduled IPL in India. There were alternative venues in the cards namely the UK or the UAE. But the big challenge for BCCI is to find a suitable window to host the remainder of IPL 2021 because all the teams including India have a jam-packed international schedule.
This is the reason why it will be difficult for the Indian board to make a separate space for IPL 2021. If reports doing the rounds are to be believed then the BCCI can host the tournament after India’s tour of England in the September-October window.
India would have already completed the WTC final and five-match Test series at that time and they will not have any series before the ICC T20 World Cup in India in October and November. Thus, the BCCI is planning to target the September-October window and host the tournament from September 15 to October 15 in the United Arab Emirates.
“If not (able to reduce the gap) then within these 30 days, a full day will have to be set aside for the Indian team and the English cricketers to travel from the UK to the UAE, five days will have to be set aside for the knockouts later.
That will leave the BCCI with 24 days to conclude 27 matches. This window has four weekends available, which means a total of eight Saturdays and Sundays for double-headers, that can accommodate 16 matches. That will leave the BCCI with 11 matches to be held in 19 days. That’s a week extra,” a source revealed as quoted by Times of India.