The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League will be resuming in the United Arab Emirates later this year, confirmed the BCCI. The Board is eyeing the September window to conduct the remaining matches and given the COVID-19 situation in India, there was no way they could have staged the event in the country. Also, overseas players would have been a little hesitant in participating if the tournament was resumed in India thus UAE was the most feasible option for the BCCI.
Earlier, the BCCI was mulling to conduct the remaining matches in England, post the England-India Test series, but things didn’t work out between the BCCI and ECB.
The Board, in its statement, however, has not cited COVID as the reason to move the tournament out of India but stated that the decision was taken considering the monsoon season in India during that period. The tournament was postponed after multiple players and support staff tested positive for the virus.
“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.
“The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL,” the statement read.
Despite moving the IPL out of the country, BCCI is keen to host the ICC T20 World Cup in India. The Board has decided to request more time from the ICC before taking a final call on the T20 World Cup.
“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,” the statement further read.