The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made a big announcement regarding the remaining matches of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League. The BCCI has made it clear that the remaining 31 matches of IPL 2021 will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19 to October 15.
BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla told news agency IANS, “The rest of the IPL 2021 matches will be held from September 19 to October 15.” Let us tell you that after some players got corona infected, the BCCI postponed the tournament indefinitely. There are 31 matches left in this season of IPL 2021.
The T20 World Cup is to be held in India, but it is expected that BCCI can organize it in UAE or Oman. Due to the Corona situation not ending in India, the BCCI has sought time till June 28 from the ICC to clarify the situation on hosting the T20 World Cup.
If the T20 World Cup is organized from October 18, then there will be three days between it and the IPL. The ICC told IANS on Wednesday that there should be no set gap between domestic and ICC tournaments.
The ICC official said, “We will announce the dates and venue of the T20 World Cup in July. We cannot comment on this yet. But there is no gap rule for ICC events. It takes 10 days to prepare the pitch and the ground, but it is a standard, not a rule.”
He further said, “The rest of the things are going on between the BCCI and the ICC. We will talk about it later.” When asked whether players will get less time to shift from IPL to T20 World Cup. To this, Shukla said that there is no problem with the short day gap, as there is a match between the non-Test playing countries in the initial phase of T20 World Cup.
It is worth noting that 16 teams will participate in the T20 World Cup, including five Test-playing countries. Countries like Papua New Guiana, The Netherlands, Nimibia, Scotland and Oman will also participate in it. Initially, there will be matches in Oman between the weaker teams.
However, the ICC said that it cannot confirm anything about this, as things are still being worked out. Regarding India’s proposed tour of Sri Lanka in July, Shukla said that it is being worked on and a final decision will be taken soon.