After the postponement of IPL 2021 in May, the BCCI has confirmed to conduct the remaining IPL season in September-October. Phase 2 of IPL 2021 will cover 31 matches, including 4 knockout games likely to be played in the UAE. The BCCI made this announcement on May 29th during a Special General Meeting (SGM).
According to BCCI, all the teams will not be participating in the IPL knockout matches, therefore, these team members can disperse and join their respective World Cup teams. “The IPL will, in fact, be the perfect platform to warm up for the ICC World Cup,” sources said.
The India tour of England which is scheduled from August 4th will include 5 test series. The sources pointed out that there was a 9-day gap between the 2nd test and 3rd test match. “If that gap can be reduced to 4, it will allow BCCI 5 extra days to make use of,” the sources added. Although no official talks have been initiated with the ECB yet, the BCCI will make a call regarding this at the SGM.
If the England tour takes place as scheduled, the BCCI will have a 30-days window available from September 15th to October 15th. The Indian and English team cricketers will have to travel from the UK to UAE, 5 days will be set aside for the knockouts. After this, BCCI will be left with 24 days to conclude 27 matches, the September-October window consists of 4 weekends, the doubleheaders on Saturdays and Sundays can accommodate 16 matches. This will give BCCI a week extra as 11 matches will have to be conducted in 19 days.
Although there are chances that the BCCI will still request the ECB for the 5 extra days, as the World Cup begins from October 18th.
The ICC is observing these discussions but will not interfere until and unless there is any breach with the World Cup window.
NEWS 🚨 BCCI to conduct remaining matches of VIVO IPL in UAE.
— BCCI (@BCCI) May 29, 2021