The BCCI has confirmed that the second leg of IPL 2021 will be played in September-October in UAE. However, several overseas players are expected to miss out on the tournament due to their national commitments. The England Cricket Board has already confirmed that they won't grant NOC to the English players for the second leg of IPL. Several of the West Indies cricketers may also miss out on few matches if the IPL clashes with CPL. Australian players like Pat Cummins and Steve Smith are also unlikely to return for the second half.
A franchise official has revealed that the BCCI will soon get in touch with the foreign boards to check on the availability of overseas players for the remaining matches of IPL 2021.
"What we were made aware after the BCCI SGM is that the board will be speaking to the foreign boards and check on the availability of the foreign cricketers. We are confident that the BCCI will find the best possible solution and honestly, it is a matter of the BCCI officials speaking to the respective board officials, so we should wait to hear from the board on this. If we do end up missing some of the foreign stars, that is an area which would need some attention when it comes to picking replacements as the foreign players are integral to the teams," Sporskeeda quoted a franchise official.
The official further disclosed that they have already contacted the hotels in UAE and teams are likely to travel to the Emirates nation in the third week of August.
"Last year we were given a specific date (August 20) before which we couldn't leave for UAE. With the tournament once again starting around September 18-19, we should be given the same kind of window to start shifting base to UAE. With the discussions with hotels already on, it shouldn't be such a big concern. As of now, we are looking at travelling around the third week of August."
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