Steps The BCCI Is Taking To Save The 2021 IPL

They Are Trying To Move T20 WC To Sri Lanka

Cricket fans are anticipating the sport’s largest showcases, namely, the second phase of the IPL 2021 and the ICC T20 World Cup. Additionally, the UAE is ready to host both events from September to November, with Oman as backup hosts.

However, a new challenge seems to be in the offing for the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The ICC T20 World Cup starts on October 18, which is eight days after the IPL final. Consequently, there is not enough time for the ICC to take over the venues fifteen days prior, as per the norm. Therefore, despite Oman’s readiness to host the qualifiers, ICC still needs the UAE venues to host participating teams and the remaining matches.

What are the issues preventing both tournaments from taking place?

Most teams prefer the UAE as their camp before the world cup begins. However, the three stadiums are not enough for all the national teams.

Despite the IPL’s playoff matches taking place at a single venue, ICC’s 15-day obligation will require all stadiums under their mandate latest October 3.

Finally, the stadiums are hosting the PSL 2021, IPL 2021, and bilateral series; all these tournaments are taking place at the same venues. Therefore, they will not be ideal for the spectacle that ICC envisions since the wickets will be slow.

What is the alternative?

Currently, BCCI is contemplating a move of the T20 WC to Sri Lanka. The decision results from India’s unavailability following concerns of player’s safety due to the recent rise in COVID-19 infections in the country. As it stands, ICC still maintains that the UAE and Oman will host both the 2021 and 2022 T20 World Cup.

Sri Lanka seems a suitable alternative for the tournament because of the following reasons:

  • The UAE only has three venues countrywide, whereas Sri Lanka has three in Colombo alone.
  • Initially, SLC approached the BCCI to host the IPL 2021. However, the uncertainty around the COVID-19 situation on the island made them unsuitable hosts.
  • ICC’s confirmation that BCCI will keep the hosting rights also favors the shift in host nations.
  • Finally, the tournament broadcasters are for the idea for the T20 World Cup move to Sri Lanka.

As it stands, there’s no official word on Sri Lanka’s approval as tournament host. According to the ICC, UAE and Oman will host the tournament from October 17 to November 14. Whether that will change is still anybody’s guess.

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