IPL 2021 in April-May: Ganguly
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has promised to host the 14th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) in April-May next year in India.
The year 2020 has seen postponement of several international series and domestic tournaments – including the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. However, the world’s premier T20 league – IPL is now at its business end in the UAE.
BCCI scheduled this year’s IPL for September-November across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. With uncertainties being raised for 2021 window, Ganguly has cleared it all stating the tournament will take place in the ‘usual IPL time’ and will also host England for World Test Championship matches in India.
“Yeah, absolutely. April, May we’ll have another one [IPL 2021 season]. No, no it’s not true [the speculations of IPL 2021 in UAE]. The UAE was only for the IPL. Yeah, yeah. We will host England in India. We will host domestic cricket in India. Ranji Trophy, we will create a bio bubble and we will do it,” Ganguly told India Today.
England were the first among full members nations to start cricket in pandemic as they hosted West Indies, Ireland, Pakistan and Australia. The Caribbean Premer League (CPL) T20 also took place under bio-bubble.
BCCI boss Ganguly is pleased at the efforts to maintain a secure environment to let the IPL show continue in the toughest of all times.
“We did not know whether we would complete this tournament because there was never a bio-bubble created in the past. We took a lot of understanding from the way England hosted the series in England,” he said.
“But this had far more risk, because that was bilateral and here it was about 300 people in Dubai. All in one place, although the Covid numbers in the UAE was much lesser but still you needed one player or one person from the group to get infected.
“It happened at the start with CSK. It was a bit of a scare for all of us whether this will go through. I spoke to Jay multiple times and he was also worried. We have done it but if something goes wrong, what will happen? But luckily, it has been good so far.”