The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was suspended in May 2021 following the bio-bubble breach where players and several support staff from various franchises contracted the COVID-19 virus. However, the BCCI announced that the suspended IPL is likely to resume from mid-September through to mid-October.
Yet, this may challenge West Indies cricket superstars and South Africa star players Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir and Chris Morris, who make up the star-studded IPL 2021 squad. This is following their inclusion in the Caribbean Premier League squads. This places them in a difficult position as they may have difficulty choosing between the IPL and CPL. The Caribbean Premier League has been scheduled (CPL 2021) will be playing between August 28 and September 19, when the suspended IPL matches may be commencing. Therefore, the players are expected to finish the CPL assignment and take a long journey to UAE for the IPL.
However, there might be some reprieve, as the BCCI is negotiating bubble-to-bubble transfers with the UAE authorities to avoid placing the arriving players under quarantine. In addition, the Board argues that the long journey is likely to tire the players who will be representing national teams before the T20 World Cup assignment. The T20 World Cup is said to begin in mid-October, tentatively October 18.
Among the West Indies’ players named in the CPL match squad includes Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Sunil Narine, and Shimron Hetmyer.
Additionally, the foreign stars who were also part of franchises in the suspended IPL leg include Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris, Imran Tahir, Shakib Al Hasan, and Anrich Nortje,
While commenting about the squad, a media release from Cricket West indies as reported by Newscity said, “The star-studded line-ups feature the best cricketing talent from across the Caribbean as well as some of the biggest names in international cricket.”
This is most definitely a tournament you need to keep your eyes on as it promises some scintillating on-pitch action.
All 33 games are slated to be played at Warner Park in St. Kitts, with the final to take place on September 19.
Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo will be teaming up at St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, with Sherfane Rutherford joining them. Oshane Thomas will now represent the Barbados Tridents while Keemo Paul has moved to the St Lucia Zouks.
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