Vivo IPL 2021: After the abrupt indefinite suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL) midway, there was a lot of mulling around where should the Indian cricket board conduct the remaining 31 games. The BCCI have three prominent options in front of the – UAE, Australia and the United Kingdom.
After the outbreak of the Covid-19 in the bio-bubbles of various franchises, BCCI abruptly decided that the elite competition will not go ahead further as planned.
While, in the meantime, four English counties – Middlesex, Surrey, Warwickshire and Lancashire – have responded saying that they are interested in conducting the remaining 31 games of the midway halted Vivo IPL 2021.
The BCCI is looking for a small window left in September after the wrap of India-England series to conduct the Phase-2 of the IPL 2021.
Lord’s, Oval (both London), Edgbaston (Birmingham) and Emirates Old Trafford (Manchester) all wrote to the ECB showing their interests, according to ESPN Cricinfo.
“The plans would see the tournament completed in around two weeks in the second half of September,” according to the report.
The final call regarding Phase-2 of the IPL might be taken after the ICC Chief Executives Meeting which is scheduled on Thursday. Both the representatives of BCCI and ECB may discuss the matter.
The BCCI has earlier also put up UAE and Australia as the option if everything goes well.
UAE is already tried by the BCCI. The last season’s IPL was conducted here without any halt and issues however if the IPL games were to be played before the T20 World Cup, then the pitches may go on a slower side in the latter part of the ICC tournament.
As far as Australia is concerned, everything will depend upon Australian government’s policies. Australia is scheduled to host the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 and India will host this year’s T20 World Cup.
If by any means, Australian government approves to host the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 and let India host the next year’s World Cup, then the IPL might get shifted to Australia as a part of the preparation of the World Cup.
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