The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is attempting to persuade Cricket West Indies to move the start of the Caribbean Premier League forward by a week or ten days in order to ensure a seamless bubble-to-bubble transfer of players for the resumption of the IPL 2021 in the UAE in September.
Suspended in the middle of its 14th season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI approved the resumption of season 14th of the lucrative Indian Premier League in the UAE in the middle of September on Saturday (May 30).
The CPL is set to begin on August 28 with the final on September 19, while the remainder of the IPL is expected to run from September 18 to October 10, giving the players little time to adjust.
“We are in discussions with Cricket West Indies. We are hoping that if CPL can be completed a few days ahead of schedule, it will aid in the bubble-to-bubble transfer of all players to Dubai and in time to complete the mandatory three-day quarantine,” a BCCI source familiar with the situation told PTI on Sunday.
If the BCCI and CWI fail to reach an agreement on dates, some of the most important players may miss the first few matches, or even the entire first half of the IPL 2021.
Mumbai Indians’ five-time IPL-winning influential all-rounder Kieron Pollard, the swashbuckling Chris Gayle, seasoned all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran, Fabien Allen, Keemo Paul, Sunil Narine, and Trinidad and Tobago coach Brendon McCullum, who is also at the helm of affairs in Kolkata Knight Riders, are among the big names involved in
The upcoming season will be the ninth season of the CPL, and it will feature some of the format’s biggest superstars from around the world. The BCCI’s SGM approved the IPL’s resumption on Saturday, less than a month after the league was suspended due to COVID-19 cases in its bio-bubble.