Big Update: IPL 2021 likely to resume on September 19 in UAE, final possibly on October 10 | XtraTime


Xtra Time Web Desk: The remaining 31 matches of the IPL 2021 suspended matches will be played in the United Arab Emirates from September 18-19 to October 9-10. All matches will be played within the three-week window, a senior BCCI official confirmed to the PTI news agency. It will be a win-win scenario for all major stakeholders including BCCI, franchises and broadcasters. The 2021 IPL was suspended on May 4 after several cases of COVID-19 were discovered inside its bio-bubble.
“BCCI has spoken to all stakeholders and the likely start could be between September 18 and 20. Since September 18 is a Saturday and the 19 is a Sunday, you are more likely to want to restart it on a weekend, ”the official told PTI on condition of anonymity.

“Likewise, October 9 or 10 will be the final because it’s a weekend. We are finalizing the route and there will be 10 double headers and seven evening games as well as four main games (two playoffs, one eliminator and the final), which completes the list of 31 games, ”added the official. .
The Indian team’s final test match against England is scheduled to end on September 14 in Manchester and the next day the entire team will be transported to the UAE on a chartered flight for a ‘bubble to bubble’ transfer.
“The Indian team and the English players who will be available will fly on the same charter flight from Manchester to Dubai. Likewise, West Indies players will also fly after completing Caribbean Premier League engagements. There will be a three-day quarantine for players arriving from the UK and the Caribbean, ”the source said.

A franchise manager confirmed that a communication from BCCI had arrived on this matter.
BCCI also decided to cancel India’s T20 series against South Africa scheduled for September, which was a preparation for the team’s World T20 preparations. The two-test home series against NZ could also be moved.

With inputs from PTI

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