Vivo IPL 2021: Here’s complete details on when and how the IPL 2021 can be conducted.
Vivo IPL 2021: It’s been over a week since the suspension of the elite Indian T20 competition. The fourteenth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was indefinitely suspended by the BCCI after the Covid-19 outburst in the various franchise’s bio-bubbles on May 3.
A lot of speculations are being made by various sources close to the BCCI on how the suspended Vivo IPL 2021 can be resumed. In this article, we will take a look at all the possible windows and options available with BCCI to reschedule the postponed season of the IPL.
The BCCI has already clarified that the cricket board will have to face a serious loss of INR 2500 Crores if the IPL 2021 will not be rescheduled. So, from here it is clear that the BCCI will explore all the possible options and will leave no stone unturned to reschedule the remaining 31 games of the Vivo IPL 2021.
All the Possible Dates for the remainder of Vivo IPL 2021:
India is scheduled to play the final match of the ICC World Test Championship against New Zealand in Southampton, beginning 18 June. After a month-long gap, India will play a five games Test series against England, beginning 4 August.
July Window after the final of ICC World Test Championship:
The Indian team will have a month-long gap after the final of the ICC World Test Championship. As per the reports available, India will visit Sri Lanka in July for three ODIs and five T20I games. Though the senior Indian team will remain in England, BCCI will field another squad for the Sri Lanka tour.
So, the July window is already ruled out as half of the Indian players will be touring Sri Lanka.
Late September Window after England tour:
If reports are to be believed, the BCCI is already contemplating in this window. But this late-September window is likely to get ruled out as it can affect the international fixtures of India. BCCI will host New Zealand for the T20I series after the England tour.
Late November Window after the ICC T20 World Cup 2021:
The only possible option left with the BCCI is this late November window after the completion of the ICC T20 World Cup. The marquee ICC event is scheduled between 18 October and November 15. As all the international players will be present there, BCCI could possibly propose to conduct the remaining 31 games there.
The venues of the ICC T20 World Cup are yet not finalised. If India remains in the same situation, most probably the venues will be shifted or the ICC event might be postponed.
Now we have talked all about all the possible dates and windows available, we can further take a look at all the possible venues and countries available to host the suspended Vivo IPL 2021.
Vivo IPL 2021 Possible Venues and Host Nation:
The BCCI is in constant talks with the other cricket board in order to get out of this dilemma. There are various options in front of the BCCI as some major countries have shown their interests in hosting the remaining 31 games of the Vivo IPL 2021.
United Kingdom (England):
There is an option to host the IPL in England. Some English counties have expressed their interests in hosting the elite T20 competition. BCCI could think of this option if they get a chance to host the IPL 2021 soon after the India-England Test series.
This is already a tried and tested venue for the BCCI. Last year’s IPL was successfully hosted here with a complete bio-secure environment. If BCCI opts to conduct the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE, then there could be some possibility that the remaining games of the IPL can be hosted here in the late window of November after the ICC event.
Sri Lanka Cricket Board has also shown their interest in hosting the IPL games. They said that all the grounds are ready to welcome the elite Indian competition. However, it is highly unlikely that the BCCI will opt for this venue. The covid-situation in Sri Lanka is under control but the main concern that arises here is of the tight bio-secure environment.
This is the last option available in front of the Indian board. If the Australian government gives relaxation in its policies in the next four months, Australia can host the IPL for the first time.
There is another angle to this venue. The BCCI is also planning to talk with their Australian counterparts to host the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in Australia and let India host the next year’s T20 World Cup.
If this happens, BCCI can successfully schedule the remaining IPL games in Australia after the ICC T20 World Cup in November.
So, these were some of the IPL dates, Slots and the Windows left for the BCCI and a couple of hosting options.