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IPL 2021: BCCI prefers UK to complete tournament

BCCI has numerous decisions to make ahead of busy few months for Indian cricket. As per Times of India, the Indian cricket board prefers completing the remaining games of IPL 2021 in the United Kingdom. The key decisions regarding the resumption of the tournament will be taken during the general meeting at the end of May.

Previous reports have already suggested that English count clubs are ready to host IPL 2021. The report from TOI also insists that IPL broadcasters Star India are also in favour of having the tournament in the UK. BCCI and ECB are holding talks to tweak the upcoming test series and IPL 2021 campaign. Even if BCCI and ECB find an agreement regarding IPL 2021, finding a window to organise the tournament in the second half of 2021 will be a headache for BCCI due to the jam-packed schedule of international cricket.

Ever since IPL 2021 has been suspended, there has been consistent speculation about the venue for the remaining games. Sri Lanka and UAE have been reported as two venues for hosting the second half of IPL 2021.  BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has made it clear that India will not be hosting games again. The tournament was suspended after covid cases were detected in bio bubbles of four teams, while the country is still facing the wrath of the second wave of the virus.

Meanwhile, the General meeting will also discuss the upcoming T-20 World Cup. India was given the duty to host World Cup in October, but the pandemic situation in the country may completely change the scenario. As per the TOI report, BCCI is still optimistic about hosting the tournament in the country. UAE is the backup plan for BCCI in case the situation worsens in India. BCCI had already declared host cities for the tournament, but the critical situation of India may force their hand to move World Cup to another country.

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