Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IPL had been postponed just after 29 matches on May 4. It was because of the COVID cases in India and among the players and staff taking part in the T20 tournament. It was later announced that the rest of the game would be played in the UAE and Its continuation would start in September. But the dates had not yet been confirmed.
The BCCI Vice-president Rajeev Shukla has released the dates saying that the remainder of the IPL 2021 is back again will begin from September 19 to October 15. Rajeev also adds that there should be no problem with the tiny gap between the IPL 2021 and T20 World Cup. The first phase will be of qualifiers; hence the primary teams like India and the rest will get sufficient gap. The matches will take place in UAE as it was set. It was also at this place that hosted the games in the IPL last season. The T20 World Cup, which is supposed to begin on October 18, will mostly be co-hosted by the UAE and Oman.
Days after the BCCI announced the set date of continuation of the remaining 31 matches of IPL 2021, clouds of uncertainty were looming concerning the tournament. The latest news of BCCI states that the T20 World Cup will begin three days after the end of IPL 2021 remaining matches. If the game starts on October 18, we will see if everything goes as scheduled. There have been speculations that the ICC might not let the BCCI extend IPL 2021 till October 15.
The ICC’s speculation that could force BCCI to conclude the remaining matches of IPL 2021 by October 10 has been clarified by an ICC official saying that there is no rule on the need for a gap of an ICC event. The ICC needs ten days to prepare the pitch and the ground before the event, which is a norm and not a rule. The official adds that everything is still being worked out between the BCCI and the ICC and will be announced later.
Other than the Test-playing countries, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, the Netherlands, Namibia, and Oman are the associate teams playing in the T20 World Cup. Although it’s not yet confirmed, the initial matches can be held in Oman. During his announcement, Shukla also added that the logistics for India’s tour of Sri Lanka is in the works. Although, the broadcasters Sony Sports Network have already announced that the tour comprising three ODIs and as many T20Is will take place between July 13 and 25.
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