The rest of the IPL 2021 is set to resume on September 19 in the UAE, with the final on October 15. The discussions between the BCCI and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) have been successful, and IPL matches will be held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah for the second year in a row.
BCCI wanted to finish the remaining matches in a 25-day window. According to news agency ANI, “The discussions went really well and with ECB already giving us the oral nod to host the event ahead of the BCCI SGM, it was about closing the deal over the last week. The first game after the season IPL 2021 is set to resume from september 19 while we will have the final on October 15. The BCCI was always keen on a 25-day window to finish the remaining matches,” by the BCCI official.
“The discussions have started and we are keeping fingers crossed that the foreign players will be mostly available. If a couple of them do not manage to turn up, we shall then decide on the future course of action. But keeping fingers crossed for now and hoping to have an action-packed end to the IPL 2021 in UAE,” the official revealed.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decides its players would not be allowed to participate in the event
Considering the logistics involved and the busy international schedule, the BCCI has already started talks with foreign stars about their availability for the restart. “What we were made aware after the BCCI SGM is that the board will be speaking to the foreign boards and check on the availability of the foreign cricketers. We are confident that the BCCI will find the best possible solution and honestly, it is a matter of the BCCI officials speaking to the respective board officials, so we should wait to hear from the board on this.
With the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) already saying that its players would not be allowed to participate in the event, there is a significant risk that several franchises will be without their foreign recruits. “Yes, if we do end up missing some of the foreign stars, that is an area which would need some attention when it comes to picking replacements as the foreign players are also integral to the teams. Team balance can go for a toss, so keeping fingers crossed on that one,” the franchise official said.