Every year fans from all across the world wait for the glamorous Indian Premier League to begin. However, COVID-19 became a hindrance in the 2021 edition of the league. The tournament had to be stopped in the middle, which made players and fans quite sad. But the good news is that the world’s most decadent series is all set to begin with a bang in mid-September. BCCI has decided United Arab Emirates as the new destination for the second phase of IPL 2021. The king series of cricket games will not disappoint the fans this year.
Due to COVID-19 and other cricket series lined up, many international players may not be available for the second phase of the IPL. An auction will be held for domestic players to fill in the positions across all franchises in such a case. The decision to conduct the second phase in UAE was taken considering the monsoon season in India during September-October. All the members in the Special General Meeting (SGM) voted unanimously in favor of resuming the series in the UAE. However, the office bearers were authorized to seek an extension from ICC on hosting the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
However, the new dates of IPL will clash with some of the international series, which can further complicate the availability of the international players. For instance, the England-India test series will finish on 14th September. And England will tour Bangladesh and Pakistan after that as of now. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Director has made it firm that they do not expect cricketers to choose IPL T20 over international commitments. This can significantly affect IPL franchises like Rajasthan Royals with some critical England stars such as Jofra Archer, BenStokes, and Jos Butler.
To manage the crisis of player’s availability, the league is holding the remaining 31 matches in a short window of 25 days. But still, the issue remains quite big! The BCCI is in talks with many international cricket boards to retain the international players. The board is pursuing the Caribbean Premier League to advance the end of its tournament for a few days from 19th September. This will ensure the availability of the nine West Indies players such as Chris Gayle, Andre Russel, and Kieron Pollard.
Moreover, the league is trying to bring back fans to the stadium with bubble security in UAE. This will increase the popularity of the series this year and help in improving its image of suspending the cricket games in the wake of COVID-19. With all the confusion and chaos, the best thing is that the series is starting again. It will mean that players will be able to resume their work and get the due recognition of their wait for the series. For fans, it will mean bubbling with enthusiasm again and discussing IPL match odds with friends and family.