The Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) after much deliberation on Saturday announced that IPL 2021 will resume in UAE in September and October. According to InsideSport, BCCI has zeroed down on September 17 as the start date of IPL 2021 remaining matches. The finals of the 14th edition of the league will be played on October 10.
BCCI has reportedly not announced the dates due to Caribbean Premier League. CPL 2021 is set to take place between August 28 and September 19. BCCI will reportedly hold talks with Cricket West Indies to move CPL a few days ahead to fit a window for IPL 2021. The Indian cricket board is reportedly confident about convincing CWI to change the dates of CWI.
BCCI will officially announce the dates and schedule soon after getting the nod from UAE. Key members of the board are set to visit UAE this week to get the final details sorted to start preparations for the tournament. BCCI is also unsure about the availability of most of the foreign cricketers in IPL 2021. England has already said that English players will not be taking part in the remainder of IPL. Players from New Zealand, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan are also doubtful, so are the players from the West Indies.
The international schedule is jam-packed and there is a lot of international cricket to be played before the ICC Men’s T-20 World Cup. The majority of cricket boards want their players to be fully fit and rested before they go into the T-20 World Cup in October which will be hosted by India. IPL 2021 will conclude just 10 days before the World Cup and it will give very little time to the Indian Team to rest and train. BCCI will be hoping that India’s tour of England is tweaked to make sure that there is some kind of rest for Indian players before the resumption of IPL 2021.