The remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 will be held in the UAE from September 19 to October 15, BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla said on Wednesday (June 9). "IPL will be held between September 19 and October 15," Rajeev Shukla, vice-president told IANS.
The IPL was suspended on May 4 after a spike in Covid-19 cases not just in India but also among the players and staff participating in the T20 tournament. The cash-ruch league was postponed after 29 matches and a Special General Meeting (SGM) it was announced that the rest of the tournament will be played in the UAE.
UAE had hosted all the matches in the IPL last season. The T20 World Cup, which is tentatively set to begin from October 18 will mostly be co-hosted by the UAE and also Oman.
The exact dates and venue(s) for the T20 World Cup will be announced next month, an ICC official said. "We will release the dates and venue of the T20 World Cup only in July. We cannot comment on it as of now. But there is no rule on the need for a gap ahead of an ICC event. The ICC needs 10 days to prepare the pitch and the ground ahead of an event. That too is a norm and not a rule," said an ICC official.
"The rest of it is still being worked out between the BCCI and the ICC. We can talk about it only later," the official added.
With very little gap between the end of the IPL and the start of the T20 World Cup, Shukla reckons that should not be a problem. "There should be no problem with the gap. The first phase of the T20 World Cup will comprise qualifiers [according to BCCI's knowledge]. So the main teams like India and others will get sufficient gaps," said Shukla, who implied that the non Test playing nations could be playing the tournament first.
Other than the Test-playing nations, Papua New Guinea, the Netherlands, Namibia, Scotland and Oman are the associate teams playing in the T20 World Cup. The initial matches, which are the qualifiers to the main tournament, could be held in Oman, however, the process is still being worked out.
Shukla also added that the logistics for India's tour of Sri Lanka is in the works. However, the broadcasters Sony Sports Network have already announced that the tour comprising of three ODIs and as many T20Is will be played between July 13 and 25.