Published:11 June 2021
The remaining game of the Indian Premier League 2021 will be played in the UAE from September 19 to October 15, according to officials from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Following the Special General Meeting (SGM) conducted on May 29, there was a lot of conjecture about the dates of the remaining 31 IPL games.
While the BCCI was deliberating in September, the start of the event was still in doubt. The BCCI has now confirmed the dates for the eight-team competition, putting all those questions to rest.
While the Indian board is continuing in talks with international boards about the availability of players from Australia, England, West Indies, and South Africa, no formal word has yet been given. However, now that the dates have been released, BCCI may be able to make things work.
On June 1, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah met virtually with the ICC to examine the potential of India hosting the T20 World Cup. The BCCI has asked for time till June 28 to do so. The worldwide event is set to begin immediately after the IPL concludes. If India does not host, the showpiece event will most likely be held in the United Arab Emirates.
When asked if the players will be tired out owing to the short time between the end of the IPL and the start of the T20 World Cup, Shukla responded that the short time gap would not be an issue because the first round of the international matches will include non-Test playing teams.