The Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) is likely to make an announcement on IPL 2021 on May 29 after the general meeting. The latest Times of India report suggests that the remainder of IPL 2021 is likely to be played in the UAE between September and October.
India’s five-test series against England is scheduled to begin on August 4 and there is a nine-day gap between the second and third tests. This report insists that BCCI is looking to reduce this gap to reschedule IPL 2021.
BCCI will search proof of relationship with the Cricket Board of England and Wales (BCE) to see if the 41-day window reserved for the five tests can be modified. A call will be made on this at the Extraordinary General Meeting (SGM).
If the board refrains from making requests to the ECB and continues to plan the second half of IPL 2021 after the India vs. England series, it will have a 30-day window available, from September 15 to October 15, to put a plan in place. instead. Double matches can be implemented over four weekends, so that 16 matches can be completed in eight days.
Should IPL 2021 take place during September, India is unlikely to get any more T-20 games to prepare for the T-20 World Cup in October. BCCI was reportedly in talks with Cricket South Africa (CSA) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for the bilateral T-20 series ahead of the World Cup. The Indian team’s white ball specialists will be touring Sri Lanka in July for much-needed World Cup match training.
Any decision about the World Cup T-20 It is unlikely to be announced as the board is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the country and state boards have been instructed to continue preparations for the event, taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic in course. BCCI has shortlisted nine venues for the event.