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Jay Shah reveals the reason behind BCCI’s decision to shift IPL 2021 to UAE

May 31, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

BCCI secretary Jay Shah has disclosed why the board took the decision of shifting the remainder of the IPL 2021 to the UAE. The Board confirmed that the remaining games of the IPL are going to be held in the UAE. The 14th season of the tournament had to be called off earlier this month after COVID-19 cases were detected in the camps of four franchises.

We are moving IPL to the UAE only due to weather restrictions: BCCI

BCCI secretary Jay Shah explained that the decision taken was due to weather restrictions and not the COVID-19 situation in India. Jay Shah further added that due to the heavy amount of rainfall in India during September, it was decided not to conduct the remaining IPL games in India.

Apart from IPL 2021, the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 was also discussed in the meeting. In accordance with the mega event, the BCCI decided to seek more time from the ICC to conduct the tournament in India. The governing body for cricket in India is eager to host the showpiece event in India but is also aware of the challenges possessed by COVID-19. The T20 World Cup was anticipated to get underway in the third week of October this year. However, the tournament might be postponed if BCCI manages to get an extension from the International Cricket Council.

Now since the venue for IPL 2021 has been declared, the Indian cricket board is likely to take some more time for finalizing a window for the IPL. A source aware of the progress from the SGM stated that the BCCI is looking for a 25-day window to host the remaining matches of IPL 2021. That window is most likely to in September-October, weeks before the T20 World Cup. However, keeping aside the T20 World Cup venue, the forthcoming few months will see many cricketing actions. This includes several bilateral series and franchise leagues that will commence in the build-up to the ICC event.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh