IPL 2021: BCCI VP Rajeev Shukla confirms dates for remaining matches

The the rest of the 2021 Indian Premier League will likely be performed between September 19 and October 15 within the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Indian cricket board confirmed on Wednesday. “IPL will likely be held between September 19 and October 15,” Rajeev Shukla, vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), instructed IANS on Wednesday.

There are 31 matches to be performed after the event was suspended on May 4 because of Covid-19 constructive instances within the camps of 4 of the eight franchises. The cash-rich league was suspended halfway, after the completion of 29 matches.

The second half of the event, to be performed in UAE, will nevertheless be too near the beginning of the T20 World Cup that begins round mid-October. Although the International Cricket Council (ICC) has not formally introduced the dates for the T20 World Cup that instantly follows the IPL, October 18 is the date being bandied about in sure quarters. The T20 World Cup, which will likely be hosted by the BCCI, will seemingly be held within the UAE in addition to one other gulf nation, probably Oman.

The BCCI has till June 28 to inform the ICC whether or not it is able to host the event because the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be not over in India. The October 15 end leaves solely three days between the tip of IPL 2021 and the beginning of the T20 World Cup, if it begins on October 18.

The ICC instructed IANS on Wednesday that there was no rule of a compulsory hole between a home event and an ICC event.

“We will launch the dates and venue of the T20 World Cup solely in July. We can’t touch upon it as of now. But there isn’t any rule on the necessity for a niche forward of an ICC occasion. The ICC wants 10 days to organize the pitch and the bottom forward of an occasion. That too is a norm and never a rule,” mentioned an ICC official. “The remainder of it’s nonetheless being labored out between the BCCI and the ICC. We can speak about it solely later,” the official mentioned.

Asked if the hole will likely be too little for gamers to change from IPL to T20 World Cup, Shukla mentioned the small hole should not be an issue because the preliminary section of T20 World is more likely to contain non-Test enjoying nations. “There must be no downside with the hole. The first section of the T20 World Cup will comprise qualifiers [according to BCCI’s knowledge]. So the primary groups like India and others will get ample gaps,” mentioned Shukla, implying that the non-Test enjoying nations could possibly be enjoying the event first.

There are 16 groups within the 2021 T20 World Cup, together with 5 non-Test enjoying nations. Papua New Guinea, the Netherlands, Namibia, Scotland and Oman are additionally collaborating moreover the 11 Test enjoying nations that features Afghanistan and Ireland too. The preliminary matches involving weaker groups could possibly be hosted in Oman. The ICC, nevertheless, mentioned they could not verify this since it’s nonetheless being labored out.

“The course of continues to be being labored out. We can’t touch upon it,” mentioned the ICC official. On India’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka in July, comprising ODIs and T20Is, Shukla mentioned that it’s nonetheless beneath works and a remaining resolution could be taken quickly. The broadcasters Sony Sports India, nevertheless, have already come out with the schedule stating that the sequence will start on July 13 and finish on July 25.

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