BCCI had snubbed IPL governing council’s proposal to shift competition to UAE: Reports
Everything was going smoothly in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League until there was an unexpected COVID-19 outbreak in the IPL bubble. In the latest development, the Board of Control for Cricket in India postponed the IPL 2021 indefinitely after coronavirus cases in the bio-bubble.
The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had an emergency meeting and came to a conclusion that it is best to postpone the tournament with immediate effect.
Considering safety as the first priority, the BCCI decided to stop all the plans. “The IPL GC and BCCI in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season with immediate effect,” the IPL official Twitter handle posted.
Meanwhile, reports are now surfacing that the BCCI had earlier turned down a proposal by the IPL FC to shift the competition to the United Arab Emirates.
It is cognisance of the fact that the UAE successfully staged the 2020 edition of the IPL without any issues only a few months ago. On May 4, Tuesday, the Indian cricket body was forced to temporarily suspend IPL 2021 after the likes of Wriddhiman Saha (SRH) and Amit Mishra (DC) tested positive for the coronavirus outbreak.
As per a report in TOI, the IPL governing council proposed that IPL 2021 be shifted to the UAE just like the last time. IPL GC came up with the suggestion just a week before the start of the competition on April 9.
IPL GC chaired by Brijesh Patel was worried that things might literally go out of control if the second wave of coronavirus does not slow down.
“UAE was always the first choice of the IPL GC for this year’s tournament. Even a week before the start of IPL, they asked BCCI to move the entire event to the UAE. Emirates Cricket Board was also put on immediate alert, and they were willing to conduct IPL again even if BCCI decided to shift the tournament in such short notice,” the source added.
“But nobody in the BCCI showed the urgency to take the step. The officials kept waiting for each other to make the first move, and eventually, the proposal was shot down.”
BCCI source had informed that the richest cricket body got the confidence after conducting the Test, T20I and ODI series against England at three venues. The source was quoted as saying:
“The IPL, though, was a far bigger challenge with more teams, personnel and venues at play; but the BCCI felt that it had the infrastructure to pull it off. However, they couldn’t anticipate that the situation would worsen so much in the next 20-odd days from the start of IPL.”