The rest of the recently suspended Indian Premier League (IPL), consisting of 31 matches, including four knockout matches, will be played in the UAE from September to October.
Although there is no official announcement, the Indian board is likely to call for the future of the T20 income league on May 29, according to a report by The Times of India. The BCCI called for a special general meeting (SGM) on May 29th.
The fourteenth edition of IPL was suspended on May 4 amid the outbreak of Covid-19 among franchisees. Currently, the T20 World Cup remains on the line for hosting in India.
However, with only four teams participating in the IPL 2021 playoffs, players from the other four teams can join their respective World Cup franchises.
“If this difference can be reduced to four, this will allow BCCI to take advantage of five additional days. If we can get those extra days off the schedule between India and England, then that adds to the window. If not, then within these 30 days a whole day will have to be set aside for the Indian team and the English cricketers to travel from the United Kingdom to the UAE, five days will have to be set aside for the knockouts later. ” source quoted by TOI.
“This will leave BCCI 24 days to finish 27 matches. This window has four weekends, which means a total of eight weekends for double heads that can accommodate 16 games. This will leave the BCCI with 11 matches, which will take place in 19 days. That’s an extra week, “the source added.
Earlier this week, a report also stated that the BCCI had asked the ECB to change the schedule for the Tests series in order to create a window for organizing the IPL.
A series of five tests between England and India begins with the first match in Nottingham (August 4-8), followed by Lord’s (August 12-16), Leeds (August 25-29), Oval (September 2-6), and Manchester. September 10-14).
“In fact, the IPL will be the ideal platform to warm up the ICC event. The ICC is monitoring this area with great interest and will not interfere with logistics, as long as it does not conflict with the window of the World Cup, “the source added.