Published:10 May 2021
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is said to have rejected the governing council's offer to hold the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates in 2021. The GC and at least four franchises proposed the change a week before the tournament began, citing the worsening situation in India as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The BCCI, on the other hand, believes that IPL 2021 can be held in India after the country hosted England for a bilateral T20I, Test, and ODI series. While there were warnings of coronavirus before the league began in 2020, the IPL went on without a hitch until the matches started. From September 19 to November 10, the games were held in Sharjah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, a franchise official said that the travel arrangements have a significant flaw and that the ones in place in the UAE are much safer. The tournament is held in six cities: Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bangalore, and Kolkata.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) match on Monday, May 3, had to be rescheduled, putting the 2021 IPL on hold. After members of the Knights tested positive for COVID-19, the situation became public.
After their bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji and a bus driver contracted the coronavirus, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) declined to play against the Rajasthan Royals (RR).