IPL 2021: Sri Lanka Cricket expresses its desire to host remaining matches
Sri Lanka Cricket expressed its desire to host the remaining matches of suspended IPL 2021 in Sri Lanka during September.
The second wave of COVID-19 is hitting hard in India as the country is fighting hearts out against the virus. In the meantime, BCCI was putting all their efforts to conduct this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League successfully. However, in the end, all the efforts went in vain due to the outbreak of the virus within the bio-bubbles of the franchise.
As an immediate result, BCCI and the IPL Governing Council jointly took the decision to suspend the league indefinitely, considering the safety of all the stakeholders involved. None of the IPL games was played after May 2nd.
After the suspension of the league, BCCI confirmed that the board is looking for an alternate time period and location to host the remaining games of the league. One of the prime plans of the BCCI is to host the league during September before the start of the ICC T20 World Cup.
England’s few county clubs revealed their interests to conduct the league in England during the planned September window. Following them, Sri Lanka Cricket also expressed its desire to host the remaining matches in Sri Lanka during September.
“Yes, we can certainly provide a window to host the IPL in the month of September”, Prof. Arjuna de Silva, the chief of the managing committee of the SLC told to Cricwire. Last year too, SLC expressed their desire to host the league and later it was conducted in the United Arab Emirates.
“We hear the UAE (United Arab Emirates) is their one option but Sri Lanka can not be ignored for all reasons. We are planning to host the Lanka Premier League (LPL) in July-August and the grounds and other infrastructure will be ready for the IPL in September”, he added.