IPL 2021 Phase 2 held between Sep 15 to Oct 15 in UAE
By Sarita Dey
on Mon May 24 2021
IPL 2021 matches in September-October before the ICC T20 World Cup. According to a TOI report, the BCCI has chalked out an arrangement to direct the IPL 2021 Phase 2. That will be led in the UAE in a one-month window between September 15 and October 15. The BCCI is at present in converses with the ECB to lessen the hole between the second and third Test of India’s arrangement against England yet regardless of whether that doesn’t appear. It will have a 30-day window to play the leftover 31 matches with eight twofold headers more than four ends of the week.
The BCCI, which has called for a Special General Meeting (SGM) on May 29, is likely to announce the plans on that day. The dilemma has been over two factors — first the ICC T20 World Cup and the second is India’s 5-match Test series against England.
IPL 2021 Phase 2 window confirmed: The ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played from October 18 in India. But if the COVID-19 crisis continues in India, UAE will be the likely destination with ICC taking a call on June 2 AGM. But BCCI is still trying to keep the World Cup in India that will see the stadiums in the UAE available for IPL matches.
The other factor, the five-match 41-day Test series between India and England in the UK. There is a nine-day gap between the 2nd and 3rd Test. The 2nd Test starts on August 12-16 and the 3rd from August 25.
“If that gap can be reduced to four, it will allow BCCI five extra days to make use of. We can have those extra days eked out from the India-England schedule, then it adds to the window. If not, then within these 30 days, a full day will have to be set aside for the Indian team and English cricketers to travel from the UK to the UAE, five days will have to be set aside for the knockouts later,” a source was quoted saying by the TOI.
“That will leave the BCCI with 24 days to conclude 27 matches. This window has four weekends available. This means a total of eight Saturdays and Sundays for doubleheaders that can accommodate 16 matches. That will leave the BCCI with 11 matches to be held in 19 days. That’s a week extra,” the source added.
“The IPL will, in fact, be the perfect platform to warm up for the ICC event. The ICC is watching this space with keen interest and will not interfere with the logistics as long as it does not conflict with the World Cup window,” the source said.
BCCI’s arrangements rely upon ICC T20 World Cup to be directed in India. As the arenas are to be given over to the ICC in any event for 15 days. Before the beginning of any ICC competition. There will not be sufficient time for the IPL if it somehow managed to occur in the UAE. While the third rush of COVID-19 is as yet a chance. The BCCI and the ICC will screen the circumstance. A call may be taken sometime in the not too distant future. For the time being, the World Cup stays in India while the IPL 2021 Phase 2 moves to the UAE.