The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is eyeing a September-October window to resume the suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) in UAE. However, the dates of the opulent league might clash with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which is scheduled to get underway on August 28 with the final being played on September 19. In that scenario, several West Indies and global T20 stars could miss few matches of the IPL due to COVID related protocols.
If reports are to be believed, the BCCI has requested the West Indies Cricket Board (CWI) to prepone the CPL by a week or 10 days to get the smooth bubble to bubble transfer of the players for IPL.
‘We are in talks with Cricket West Indies. We are hoping that if CPL can be finished a few days in advance, it would help in bubble to bubble transfer of all players to Dubai and in time to complete the mandatory three-day quarantine,’ a BCCI source, privy to the development, Sportskeeda quoted a BCCI official.
If the BCCI could not negotiate with the CWI, several big names including the likes of Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Dwayne Bravo among others might not be available for the initial part of the second leg of IPL.
Earlier, another BCCI official had revealed that CPL bound players will have to undergo three-day quarantine before joining their IPL franchise.
“Similarly, the West Indies players will also fly in after completing the Caribbean Premier League engagements. There will be a three-day quarantine for players arriving from the UK and the Caribbean.”
As many as 31 games are yet to be played in IPL 2021. The tournament was postponed after multiple players are support staff tested positive for COVID-19.
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