IPL 2021: 2nd half of tournament to be held in UAE; BCCI to seek time from ICC to hold T20I WC
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) Vice President Rajeev Shukla on Saturday confirmed that the second half of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in September-October window.
The decision was taken at the crucial Special General Meeting (SGM) on Saturday that was also attended by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah.
This year's IPL was suspended indefinitely due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India. However, a BCCI official later said that the remaining part of the tournament would be played in the UAE in the September-October window.
Suspense over participation of foreign players
Though it has been confirmed that the remaining part of the IPL 2021 will be played in the UAE, the suspense over the participations of foreign players in the second half of the tournament still continues.
BCCI sources, quoted by ANI, said that the board will speak to the foreign boards to decide on the availability of the foreign players. The sources said that Australian players will stay unavailable but the questions over the availability of the England and New Zealand players still remain.
Here it is noteworthy to mention that England and Wales Cricket Board's managing director Ashley Giles earlier this week said that English players will unlikely take part in the second half of the tournament because of the T20I World Cup and the Ashes.
"We are going to have to give some of these guys a break at some point. But the intention of giving guys a break for, say, Bangladesh, wouldn't be for them to go and play cricket elsewhere. We have to manage our schedule now, so we get our guys arriving in the best shape possible for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes," Giles had said in an event.
BCCI to seek time for T20I WC call
Meanwhile, the sources told ANI that the BCCI would seek time from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the T20I World Cup when the international body holds meet on June 1. The sources also said that the BCCI will hold the IPL 2021 in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi like last time with an aim to have a 25-day window for the tournament.
"There is still close to four and a half months and we are confident things will change in that space of time with respect to COVID-19. The BCCI will request the ICC for time till the end of June or the start of July to take a final call on the matter," the sources said.
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