UK has emerged as one of the favourites to host remaining matches of IPL 2021.&
- The BCCI members are all set to meet in the Special General Meeting (SGM) on May 29
- Venue for remaining matches of IPL 2021 as well as T20 World Cup are likely to be discussed
- The BCCI is very keen on hosting the T20 World Cup and will take a call on it later
The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to indefinitely suspend the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the upcoming Special General Meeting (SGM) scheduled for May 29, the two main topics of discussion would be – the venue for the remaining season of IPL 2021 as well as whether the upcoming T20 World Cup would be played in India or not.
As reported by the Times of India, the Indian board is very keen on hosting the T20 World Cup, scheduled later this year, even if it means hosting the showpiece event in two cities.
The BCCI has also kept UAE as an alternative option if the situation is still not under control.
“Right now, India is the host venue for the World Cup. That’s how the Board is seeing it. If things go awry again, then a call will be taken only after the month of June. And yes, UAE is the second option,” Board sources told TOI.
The report added that UK has emerged as a top venue to host the remaining 31 matches of IPL 2021.
While India will take on England in a five-match Test series, the report also added that the BCCI, as well as England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), might tweak the duration of the series as well.
“BCCI and the ECB are in discussions to tweak the five-Test series. Details of those discussions aren’t public yet. But in whichever manner the ECB agrees to tweak the Test series, they will want the IPL in England because the counties can earn from it. There’ll be a good chance of a quid pro quo,” the report added.
Since hosting the remaining matches in the UK might be more expensive, the BCCI has also kept UAE and Sri Lanka as backup options.
“Only if costs are escalating to a point where it starts affecting stakeholders, the BCCI will consider the UAE as the second option for the IPL. On that front, we aren’t even discounting the idea of hosting the IPL in Sri Lanka,” the source added.
IPL 2021 was suspended after several players inside the bio-bubble contracted the virus. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, Delhi Capitals (DC)’s Amit Mishra and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)’s Wriddhiman Saha were the players who had contracted the virus. Three members of Chennai Super Kings (CSK)’s camp, batting coach Michael Hussey, bowling coach L Balaji and a bus cleaner also tested positive for Covid-19.