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IPL 2021: BCCI looking at September window to resume competition

By Bet Barter

May 5, 2021

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has finally decided to postponed the 14th season of the Indian Premier League. The Indian cricket board has also stated that they will look to create a safe and secure passage for each and every player to reach home to their loved ones. Meanwhile, BCCI and the IPL are considering another window to finish off the competition. It has been known that the September window is being speculated to resume the IPL 2021. Overall, 29 games were conducted in the 14th season of the Indian Premier League. Thus, with 31 games remaining, the BCCI will need a small window of around three weeks to complete the tournament.

Conducting the competition in September will mean Indian players get some white-ball practice before the T20 World Cup. The T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place from October 18 to November 15. A final decision on the IPL venue is anticipated to be made in a few weeks. This means the Indian cricket board will have less than a month to wrap up the 14th IPL season. This also includes quarantine requirements and bio-bubble restrictions. 

BCCI anticipated losing more than INR 2000 crore

Another essential facet to consider is the forthcoming India’s Test tour of England, which ends on September 14. India is nominated to host the T20 World Cup. However, a disastrous second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country has prompted the ICC to keep UAE as a backup. The unexpected postponement of IPL 2021 will have a massive financial impact on the BCCI. The board is anticipated to lose more than INR 2000 crore of the broadcast and sponsorship money that was designated for IPL 2021. 

IPL Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel has also opened up on the possibility of the resumption of the 14th season of IPL. He stated that BCCI could explore the September window to complete the remaining 31 matches of the tournament. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah also said that they are keeping an eye on the current COVID-19 scenario, the BCCI and IPL Governing Council decided to postpone the league. The IPL Governing Council had also suggested the BCCI shift the tournament to the UAE again. At the same time, some BCCI officials were in favour of the proposal, whereas some shot the advice down. The Emirates Cricket Board was also ready to host the remaining games on short notice.

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