BCCI going ahead with IPL 2021 plans in UAE: Reports

The noise surrounding the resumption of IPL 2021 is getting stronger with every passing day. The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) is preparing to conduct the remainder of IPL  2021 in UAE. More reports late on Tuesday hinted towards the tournament taking place in the September-October window. The announcement could be made official after their Special General Meeting (SGM) which is to be held on May 29. 

IPL 2021 had to be postponed due to a surge of COVID-19 in the bio bubbles of four teams. BCCI was forced to indefinitely suspended the tournament, but they insisted that the tournament will resume after few months. According to Cricbuzz, BCCI has got the nod from Emirates Cricket Board and IPL 2021 will take place between September 16-20 and October 9-10. 

In case IPL 2021 takes place in September, India is unlikely to play the T-20 series against New Zealand and South Africa that were previously planned before the T-20 World Cup. With both tournaments competing for time and space, there is very little time for the players to rest as the schedule is going to be very hectic. Indian white-ball specialists will get game time during the ODI and T-20 series against Sri Lanka in July.

In a tight window of 22-23 days, BCCI is planning for multiple double-headers over four weekends so that 16 matches can be completed in eight days. Given the hot conditions, they could be scheduled at the end of September and the beginning of October. 

The availability of foreign players is a matter of concern for the board and the teams. Many players pulled out of IPL 2021 mid-season, as playing for their national team is their priority. ECB has already made it clear that English players will not be playing in the remaining games of IPL 2021 due to a jampacked schedule. BCCI has reportedly started talks with other cricket boards for the availability of players during this window.

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