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The remainder of IPL 2021 cannot take place in India: Sourav Ganguly

May 10, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that the remaining games of the IPL 2021 will not be conducted in India. The former Indian captain also added that it is too soon to find a space to finish the tournament. IPL 2021 had to be suspended as different COVID-19 breaks arose in the bio-secure bubble of a few IPL teams. A total of 29 IPL 2021 matches were finished before the Indian cricket board decided to suspend the league. 

After hosting the England series this year, the Indian cricket board was confident of conducting the IPL 2021 successfully. However, after the conclusion of 29 games, the tournament was hit hard by the dreadful virus. Apart from Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier testing positive, more COVID-19 cases were reported in the bio bubble. After the emergence of new Covid-19 cases, the BCCI decided to suspend the league for the time being. Owing to the Covid-19 situation in the country, the IPL had moved to UAE last year. But that wasn't the case this year.

Several English county clubs have expressed their willingness to host the remaining IPL games

Since the league's suspension, several possible options have emerged to host the remainder of the competition. Considering the Indian cricket team will be traveling to the UK for the WTC final and subsequently the England series, UK has become one of the front-runners to host IPL 2021. A couple of other counties have also written to the England and Wales Cricket Board expressing their desire to host the tournament. According to several sources, several English county clubs, including Surrey, Warwickshire, and Lancashire, have expressed their willingness to host the remaining IPL games in September. Sri Lanka Cricket is also keen to host the remainder of the 14th IPL season. 

However, several attempts were made to conduct the tournament in India, but BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has denied all the possibilities. In a recent interview with the Telegraph, Sourav Ganguly has reckoned that the board will look to find a window to complete the remaining IPL matches before the T20 World Cup. Notably, the Pakistan Cricket Board had also postponed the 2021 season of the Pakistan Super League. However, there are talks to host the remainder of the tournament in the UAE. The BCCI had conducted IPL 2020 in UAE amid the pandemic without any significant difficulties.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh