According to the report, the BCCI has formally decided to stage the remainder of IPL 2021 in UAE.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in its Special General Meeting on May 29, has taken the decision to host the rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in the UAE considering the weather challenges in India in mind during the September-October window.
BCCI general secretary Jay Shah, in a statement on Saturday, said that the decision was taken keeping the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October in mind. And, that’s why the board has decided to host the cash-rich league in the UAE.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year,” Shah has again said in a statement.
IPL 2021 was cancelled midway earlier this month
However, the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended midway through the season earlier this month after several players and support staff got affected by the deadly coronavirus despite being in the bio-secure bubbles for over a month. While people criticized the league for taking place amid the crunch time of the COVID-19, there were speculations about whether it will complete the rest of the tournament this year as well.
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Meanwhile, the BCCI has already in talks with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to shift the remaining season of IPL 2021 to the UAE as well. Along with this, the board is also going to ask for some more time from the International Cricket Council (ICC) before they take a call on hosting of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in India later this year considering the COVID-19 situation in the country as well.
“The BCCI SGM further authorised the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” Shah said.
However, the ICC is to meet on June 1 where they are likely to discuss the venue for T20 World Cup but the final decision could be taken later as well.