The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Saturday, brought joy to many of the cricket fans, as they announced that the IPL 2021, which had to be suspended on May 4 mid-way into the tournament due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will resume shortly.
The second phase of the IPL 2021 will be played in the UAE middle of September- starting October. In relation to this, the BCCI is reportedly in talks with the Cricket West Indies (CWI), requesting them to prepone the start of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021), to avoid a clash with the IPL 2021.
We Are Hoping That If CPL Can Be Finished A Few Days In Advance, Would Help In Transfer Of Players: BCCI Source
The CPL 2021 is scheduled to start from August 28 with all the matches to be played at Warner Park in St. Kitts & Nevis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The final of the tournament will be played on September 19. The IPL 2021’s second phase will begin on September 18, with the final to be played on October 10.
“We are in talks with Cricket West Indies. We are hoping that if CPL can be finished a few days in advance, it would help in a bubble to bubble transfer of all players to Dubai and in time to complete the mandatory three-day quarantine,” a BCCI source, privy to the development, told PTI on Sunday.
If the two boards cannot come to an agreement, some of the biggest names in the IPL might miss a few matches at the start. Already the England cricket board has said that their players won’t be allowed to participate in the resumption of the IPL 2021 and that leaves the West Indies players one of the biggest attractions of the tournament.
Caribbean players like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, and Sunil Narine are just a few names that bring shine and glory to the IPL, making it the popular and most watched T20 tournament in the world.
The upcoming edition will be the CPL’s ninth season and will feature some of the format’s biggest superstars from across the world.