The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Saturday announced that the remainder of Indian Premier League matches will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In a virtual General Meeting chaired by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Saturday, the board confirmed that the tournament will have to be shifted out of India on account of monsoon.
Choosing not to point to the Covid-19 crisis, the BCCI instead said India would witness heavy rains in September and therefore it wouldn’t be possible to host the IPL in the country. Even though the exact dates weren’t announced, it is understood that the tournament will start on September 18 or 19 and end by October 10.
The IPL 2021 had been postponed on May 4 after several players and support staff across teams tested positive for Covid-19.
In a press release, the board said the BCCI announced to complete the remaining IPL 2021 matches in the United Arab Emirates considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year.
The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL. The BCCI general meeting also authorised the office bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
The IPL was postponed after a flurry of cases emerged inside the bio-bubble with players and support staff from Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings and SunRisers Hyderabad among other teams testing positive for the virus in succession.
As many as 29 matches were held this season before the tournament came to a halt.
After two players in the Kolkata Knight Riders camp – Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier – tested positive, KKR’s match against Royal Challengers Bangalore May 3 was postponed.