The cricket calendar has been jam-packed this year, with the resumption of the IPL (Indian Premier League), the CPL 2021 (Caribbean Premier League), and the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup on the horizon. This cluttered calendar has forced the various governing bodies to consult amongst themselves to avoid scheduling conflicts and afford the players time to rest.
IPL 14 was interrupted after an escalation of COVID cases in India that infiltrated the bio bubble. The IPL teams operated in carefully controlled bio bubbles where players, officials, and administrators worked in seclusion with almost zero interaction with the general populace. However, the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) decided to suspend IPL 2021 in May after the bio bubbles in various franchises were breached. The BCCI later met in an SGM (Special General Meeting) and scheduled the resumption of the second phase of the IPL for September 17th onwards, with the finals set for October 10th, 2021.
CWI (Cricket West Indies) initially slated CPL 2021 matches from August 28th to September 19th. The conclusion would have overlapped with the IPL resumption dates. BCCI held talks with CWI to convince them to move up the CPL by a week or even ten days to allow a gap between the two events. This gap is to allow for a bubble to bubble transfer and also allow players to rest. The second phase of the IPL is scheduled to be held in the UAE. Players have to spend three days mandatory quarantine after international travel.
With the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup penciled to start on October 17th and the IPL final slated for October 10th, the BCCI had no leeway in rescheduling the IPL, so the logical choice was to convince CWI to move up CPL 2021 dates. This scheduling conflict would have affected players who will play in both CPL 2021 and IPL 2021. It would mean they would miss the first few matches of the IPL.
These players include Kieron Pollard, who plays for Mumbai Indians, Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings), Sunil Narine (Kolkata knight Riders), Shimron Hetmeyr (Delhi Capitals), Jason Holder (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Andre Rusell (Kolkata Knight Riders), Nicholas Pooran (Punjab kings), Imran Tahir (Chennai Super Kings), Paul Keemo (Delhi Capitals), Rashid Khan (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Chris Gayle(Punjab Kings) amongst others. In addition, Kolkata Knight Riders’ coach Brendan Mc Cullum who is also involved in CPL 2021, is also likely to be affected.
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