IPL 2021 In The UAE Will Be Held Between September 19 And October 15: Rajeev Shukla
File photo | Twitter/Rajeev Shukla
File photo | Twitter/Rajeev Shukla
/

IPL 2021 In The UAE Will Be Held Between September 19 And October 15: Rajeev Shukla

IPL 2021’s remainder Phase-2 will be played between September 19 and October 15 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Indian cricket board BCCI confirmed on Wednesday.

There are 31 matches left to be played after the cash-rich tournament IPL 2021 was suspended on May 4 due to Covid-19 positive cases in the camps of four of the eight franchises.

IPL Trophy.
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

IPL 2021’s Remainder Phase-2 In The UAE Will Be Held Between September 19 And October 15: Rajeev Shukla

The cash-rich league was suspended midway, after the completion of 29 matches. With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announcing that the remaining games of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 will be played in UAE in the September-October window, franchises have started working on the logistics.

“IPL 2021 will be held between September 19 and October 15,” Rajeev Shukla, vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), told IANS on Wednesday.

Rajeev Shukla Ron Gaunt/SPORTZPICS
Rajeev Shukla Ron Gaunt/SPORTZPICS

The second half of the tournament IPL 2021, to be played in UAE, will however be too close to the start of the T20 World Cup that begins around mid-October.

Although the International Cricket Council (ICC) has not officially announced the dates for the T20 World Cup that immediately follows the IPL, October 18 is the date being bandied about in certain quarters. The T20 World Cup, which will be hosted by the BCCI, will likely be held in the UAE as well as another gulf nation, possibly Oman.

ICC Will Release The Dates And Venues Of The T20 World Cup In July And There Is No Rule On The Need Of A Gap Ahead Of An ICC Event : Official

The BCCI has until June 28 to tell the ICC whether it is in a position to host the tournament as the Covid-19 pandemic is still not over in India. The October 15 finish leaves only three days between the end of IPL 2021 and the start of the T20 World Cup if it begins on October 18. The ICC told IANS on Wednesday that there was no rule of a mandatory gap between a domestic tournament and an ICC tournament.

“We will release the dates and venue of the T20 World Cup only in July. We cannot comment on it as of now. But there is no rule on the need for a gap ahead of an ICC event. The ICC needs 10 days to prepare the pitch and the ground ahead of an event. That too is a norm and not a rule,” said an ICC official.

“The rest of it is still being worked out between the BCCI and the ICC. We can talk about it only later,” the official said.

Representational image of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup trophy | AFP / Jewel Samad
Representational image of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup trophy | AFP / Jewel Samad

Asked if the gap will be too little for players to switch from IPL 2021 to T20 World Cup, Rajeev Shukla said the small gap shouldn’t be a problem as the initial phase of T20 World is likely to involve non-Test playing nations.

“There should be no problem with the gap. The first phase of the T20 World Cup will comprise qualifiers [according to BCCI’s knowledge]. So the main teams like India and others will get sufficient gaps,” said Shukla, implying that the non-Test playing nations could be playing the tournament first.

There are 16 teams participating in the 2021 T20 World Cup, including five non-Test playing nations. Papua New Guinea, the Netherlands, Namibia, Scotland, and Oman are also participating apart from the 11 Test-playing nations including relatively new Test-playing nations Afghanistan and Ireland too. The initial matches involving weaker teams could be hosted in Oman. The ICC, however, said they couldn’t confirm this since it is still being worked out.

“The process is still being worked out. We cannot comment on it,” said the ICC official.

On India’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka in July, comprising ODIs and T20Is, Rajeev Shukla said that it is still under works and a final decision would be taken soon. The broadcasters Sony Sports India, however, have already come out with the schedule stating that the series will begin on July 13 and end on July 25.