According to BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla, the inability of some foreign players will not prevent the cricket board from hosting the remaining Indian Premier League matches. The cricket board has already decided that the IPL will return to the UAE in 2021. The official schedule has yet to be released, but the matches will take place between September and October. Last year, the UAE hosted a successful IPL with a bio-secure bubble.
There have been numerous reports that some of the key foreign players will not return to play in the remaining IPL 2021 matches. Players such as Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes are expected to miss the tournament in the United Arab Emirates.
The BCCI vice president stated that the board’s main priority is to complete the IPL edition, and that they have already discussed the issue of foreign players’ availability.
“We discussed that (foreign players) issue as well. Our primary goal is to complete this edition of the IPL. It should not be abandoned halfway through. As a result, whichever foreign players are available are fine. “Whoever is unavailable will not prevent us from hosting the tournament,” Shukla told Khaleej Times.
“There are Indian players and foreign players, but only a few foreign players will be available. As I previously stated, we must complete our tournament.”
Shukla stated that if foreign players in their camp decide not to participate, franchises can look for a replacement.
“As a result, the franchises will undoubtedly look for other players. We will hold the tournament with whomever is available. That is our policy,” he clarified.
Shukla went on to say that a decision on the schedule would be made soon after BCCI members arrived in the UAE.
“I am already present. Now, a team of BCCI office-bearers, including the president (Sourav Ganguly), secretary (Jay Shah), and IPL chairman (Brijesh Patel), will arrive in a few days.”
“We will be meeting with the cricket board and other authorities here. And, as a result, the schedule will be created so that the tournament runs as smoothly as it did here last year,” he added.
“Whatever Covid protocols (on vaccination) are required, we will follow those protocols, as well as the Indian protocols and the UAE protocols,” Shukla concluded.