IPL 2021: BCCI to make major changes in schedule
The 14th season of the Indian Premier League was initially held in India with safety measures put in place. Despite all that, coronavirus breached the bubble and the virus was spread across four IPL teams causing more trouble during the course of the league.
The BCCI and IPL Governing Council held a meeting where they discussed that it is best that they postpone the tournament for time being and resume it later. Now, it is clear that the BCCI won’t host the tournament in India considering the current situation in India.
BCCI already planned to host the tournament in the United Arab Emirates. So far, 29 fixtures have been hosted in India. The rest of the 31 fixtures will be played in the UAE. Earlier, some overseas stars expressed that they wouldn’t make it to the second leg.
However, a BCCI official clarified that any overseas player who skips the UAE leg for the revised IPL will face a salary cut. In such a case, they will be given only half the amount. Meanwhile, the BCCI is all set to make a significant change in IPL 2021 schedule.
The BCCI is in advanced talks with the ECB over the possibility of making the India-England series a four-Test series instead of the five. This will help the Indian players arrive at the destination (UAE) in time from
from England and quarantine.
The BCCI would have to increase the total number of double-headers since they are planning to host the rest of the fixtures in a one-month window. Teams are likely to travel in mid-August for the second leg of IPL.
A BCCI official on the condition of anonymity spoke to inside sport regarding the possibility of players flying to the UAE in mid-August just like last season. The official also revealed the starting date of phase 2.
“If you remember, last year we were given a specific date (August 20) before which we couldn’t leave for UAE. With the tournament once again starting around September 18-19, we should be given the same kind of window to start shifting base to UAE. With discussions with hotels already on, it shouldn’t be such a big concern. As of now, we are looking at travelling around the third week of August.”