Vivo IPL 2021 Dates Announced, IPL to begin on September 19, final on October 15.
Vivo IPL 2021 Dates Announced: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally unveiled the resumption dates of the earlier suspended Vivo IPL 2021. The cash-rich T20 league will resume on September 19 while the final clash between the two teams will be held on October 15, the day when all the Indians will celebrate Dussehra.
A BCCI official who is in the know of the development said that the recent meeting between the Indian cricketing body and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) went really well and both the boards were confident enough to schedule the remaining 31 games in the UAE.
Just like the previous season of the IPL, the remaining 31 games will be held in three venues – Sharjah, Dubai and Abi Dhabi.
“The discussions went really well and with the ECB already giving us the oral nod to host the event ahead of the BCCI SGM, it was about closing the deal over the last week.
The first game after the season resumes will be held on September 19 while we will have the final on October 15. The BCCI was always keen on a 25-day window to finish the remaining matches,” the BCCI official told ANI.
When asked about the jeopardy of the overseas player’s availability, the official responded that the talks have been initiated with their respective boards. We will try our best to bring them here for the remainder of the IPL 2021, but if a couple of them don’t turn up due to any situations, we will take a call on that matter later on.
“The discussions have started and we are keeping our fingers crossed that the foreign players will be mostly available. If a couple of them do not manage to turn up, we shall then decide on the future course of action. But keeping fingers crossed for now and hoping to have an action-packed end to the IPL 2021 in UAE,” the official revealed.
“What we were made aware after the BCCI SGM is that the board will be speaking to the foreign boards and check on the availability of the foreign cricketers. We are confident that the BCCI will find the best possible solution and honestly it is a matter of the BCCI officials speaking to the respective board officials, so we should wait to hear from the board on this.
The official said that the board is confident enough to bring them back however in any situations, the replacements will be called.
“Yes, if we do end up missing some of the foreign stars, that is an area which would need some attention when it comes to picking replacements as the foreign players are also integral to the teams. Team balance can go for a toss, so keeping fingers crossed on that one,” the franchise official said.