The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will start on April 9, right after the Indian cricket team finishes its ongoing series against England, a BCCI source has shared the news on Saturday.
Currently, both the team have just finished the four-match Test series which India won convincingly. However, they will take on each other in the limited-overs series now. While the T20I series will be played in Ahmedabad, ODI series will take place in Pune which is slated to finish on March 28 in Pune.
“We have provisionally decided that IPL will start on April 9 and end on May 30,” a senior BCCI source told PTI.
“The formal approval of dates and venues will be done during Governing Council meeting next week,” the source again shared.
IPL 2021 to be played in five cities
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had decided to conduct teh league in six venues – Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. However, uncertainly raised over Mumbai keeping the rise of COVID-19 in Maharashtra, especially in Mumbai and Pune.
Due to this, the BCCI has decided to host IPL games in the rest five cities whereas if Mumbai wants to host IPL games, they will have to get clearance for hosting matches as well.
Meanwhile, due to the state Assembly election which will take place soon, the last leg of IPL matches are likely to be played in Chennai and Kolkata. Notably, Mumbai Indians had won the last edition of the cash-rich league that was held in the UAE in November in a bio-secure bubble.
On the otehr hand, with India’s win over England by an innings and 25 runs on Saturday in the fourth and final Test in the World Test Championship (WTC) and finishing at the top of the points table, they have reached the final and will take on New Zealand in June at the Lord’s for the title.
Also, the Asia Cup, which was scheduled to be played in June this year in India, stands cancelled because “now that India have qualified for the World Test Championship final, courtesy their 3-1 series win over England.”