IPL 2021 Phase 2 – BCCI meet ECB Officials: The news will bring sense of relief for the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) fans. A BCCI top brass met in UAE met Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) officials on Wednesday in Dubai and were assured that they will be extended ‘full cooperation’ for the organization of IPL in UAE. According to a report by Gulf News, the BCCI officials including Jay Shah (Sec), Rajiv Shukla (Vice President), Arun Dhumal (Treasurer), Brijesh Patel (IPL Chairman) met Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai. The BCCI is aiming to start IPL 2021 Phase 2 between 17th to 19th September.
According to the report, Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI President, could not be present in the meeting as he flew in with his family to Dubai late in the day. Ganguly will stay put in Dubai for next 3-4 days along with the other BCCI official and for a recce of the venues.
IPL 2021 Phase 2: UAE likely to allow fans in the stadium
Like last year, the remaining matches of IPL 2021 will be played in three venues in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah. UAE has already started allowing fans in the stadium for various sporting activities. The Dubai Sports Council had been allowing upto 30% of capacity crowd in public sporting arenas in recent times.
“Yes, fans can be allowed in the stadium. It will all depend on the local protocols”, informed one of the top Emirates Cricket Board official.
UAE & Emirates Cricket is all set to have very busy cricket months.
– PSL 2021 Remaining matches will be played in Abu Dhabi in June
– IPL 2021 Remaining Matches will be organized in Abu Dhabi, Dubai & Sharjah
– UAE is already on a standby to organize T20 World Cup. The decision on the same will be taken before the end of this month
IPL 2021 Phase 2: BCCI officials will now start cajoling the other boards for release of the foreign players
With assurances and support from the ECB guaranteed, BCCI will now start getting into conversation with various cricket boards for the release of the foreign players. The first on the list is the Cricket West Indies. As reported earlier, BCCI will speak to CWI to prepone the dates of Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021).
CPL 2021 is scheduled from 28th Aug to Sep 19th. As BCCI wants to start IPL 2021 remaining games from Sep 17th, they want CPL 2021 to be advanced by 7-10 days so that all Caribbean cricketers stay available for IPL Phase 2.
“We will speak to all the boards about the availability of their players. We will also speak to Cricket West Indies, we always had a great relationship with everyone and we are confident some solution will come out in the next few days”, informed one of the top BCCI officials.
IPL 2021 Foreign Players Availability Big Headache for BCCI:
Not only the West Indies, but the BCCI is not sure about the availability of most of the foreign cricketers in IPL 2021. England has already said no, cricketers from New Zealand, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are also doubtful, so are the players from the West Indies.
– Australia will tour Bangladesh,
– New Zealand are set for Bangladesh and Pakistan (or the UAE),
– England have agreed to visit Bangladesh and Pakistan (or the UAE)
– Pakistan and Afghanistan have scheduled a bilateral series around or during the time of the IPL.
– West Indies players will play CPL.