The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has set a date for the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The first game after the resumption will be played on September 19, with the final on October 15 – the day India celebrates Dussehra this year.
According to a BCCI official familiar with the recent meetings between the BCCI and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), the discussions went well, and the Indian board is confident that the remaining IPL games will be held successfully in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi.
“The discussions went really well, and with the ECB already giving us the verbal go-ahead to host the event ahead of the BCCI SGM, it was just a matter of closing the deal over the last week. The first game after the season resumes will be on September 19, with the championship game on October 15. The BCCI has always preferred a 25-day window to complete the remaining matches,” the official explained.
When asked about the availability of foreign players, the official stated that talks are ongoing and that the Indian board expects positive results. “Discussions have begun, and we are crossing our fingers that the majority of the foreign players will be available. If a couple of them fail to show up, we’ll make a decision about what to do next. But, for the time being, fingers crossed and hoping for an action-packed conclusion to the 14th edition in the UAE,” the official said.
Indeed, franchises are confident that the BCCI will hold constructive discussions with foreign boards and make players available for the remaining games. “We were informed following the BCCI SGM that the board will be speaking with foreign boards to check on the availability of foreign cricketers. We are confident that the BCCI will find the best solution possible, and since it is a matter of the BCCI officials speaking with the respective board officials, we should wait to hear from the board on this.
“Yes, if we do end up missing some of the foreign stars, that is an area that will require some attention when it comes to selecting replacements, as foreign players are also important to the teams. “Team balance can be a toss-up, so fingers crossed on that one,” a franchise official said.