The noise surrounding the resumption of IPL 2021 it grows stronger with each passing day. The Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) is preparing to carry out the rest of IPL 2021 in UAE. More reports late Tuesday hinted that the tournament will take place in the September through October window. The announcement could be made official after its Extraordinary General Meeting (SGM) to be held on May 29.
IPL 2021 had to be postponed due to an increase in COVID-19 in the biobubbles of four computers. The BCCI was forced to suspend the tournament indefinitely, but they insisted that the tournament be resumed in a few months. According to Cricbuzz, BCCI received the go-ahead from the Emirates Cricket Board and IPL 2021 will take place between September 16-20 and October 9-10.
Should the 2021 IPL take place in September, India is unlikely to play the T-20 series against New Zealand and South Africa that were previously planned ahead of the T-20 World Cup. With both tournaments competing for time and space, there is very little time for players to rest as the schedule is going to be very hectic. Indian white ball specialists will get playing time during the ODI and T-20 series against Sri Lanka in July.
In a tight window of 22-23 days, BCCI is planning multiple double matches over four weekends, so that 16 matches can be completed in eight days. Given the hot conditions, they could be scheduled for late September and early October.
The availability of foreign players is a matter of concern for the board and the teams. Many players withdrew from the 2021 IPL mid-season as playing for their national team is their priority. The ECB has already made it clear that English players will not play in the remaining matches of IPL 2021 due to a packed schedule. BCCI has reportedly started discussions with other cricket boards for player availability during this window.