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The second phase of IPL to be held in UAE confirms BCCI

There are 31 remaining matches in the IPL 2021. It will be the first time that the IPL will be held in UAE for two consecutive years.

  • The tournament will start on September 18 or 19 and end by October 10.
  • The remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) will be held in the United Arab Emirates in the September-October window
  • Earlier the tournament was suspended on 4th May after multiple covid-19 cases were detected.
  • UAE had already conducted the last edition of IPL successfully.
  • Three venues will be Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai.

With the pandemic at its peak in India, it was only a matter of time before the Covid19 got the Indian Premier League in its grip. But now, it is learnt that the entire situation could have been averted. As per a report, In a Special General Meeting chaired by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Saturday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed to the State units that the tournament will have to be shifted out of India on account of ‘monsoon.’

Choosing not to point to the COVID-19 crisis, the BCCI instead said India would witness heavy rains in September and therefore it wouldn’t be possible to host the IPL in the country. Even though the exact dates weren’t announced, it is understood that the tournament will start on September 18 or 19 and end by October 10.

The presence of foreign players is still questionable

The questions remain on the availability of overseas players. England’s cricket director Ashley Giles has said that England won’t change plans to accommodate IPL 2021 restart, and the Board is now having discussions with overseas boards to discuss the availability of the players.

The franchises have already sought clarity on the availability of players from Australia and New Zealand. BCCI insiders claim that the top brass is in regular conversation with overseas boards to work out a plan.

A BCCI delegation – including BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, and vice-president Rajiv Shukla – is expected to travel to the UAE soon and take stock of things with the Emirates Cricket Board and the local authorities. “A lot needs to be discussed and the team will discuss the itinerary, travel plans, and also the quarantine rules keeping the bubble transfers in mind,” a Board official said.

UAE has never disappointed the world as an organizer forthese types of events, with its visionary leadership, state-of-the-art sports infrastructure, and technologically driven stadiums, UAE is going to be the new sports hub of the world.

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