IPL 2021 Phase 2: BCCI’s big power-play, 7 roadblocks completely removed for successful conduct of IPL 2021 in UAE – The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is one of the most powerful and richest boards in the cricketing world at the moment. But even BCCI has suffered in the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indian Premier League’s 2020 edition was shifted to UAE as cases in India were rising. In the next season, BCCI decided to conduct IPL in India in a huge bio-bubble. However, the plan did not work out well and IPL 2021 was suspended. Now BCCI had a major task in their hand, to conduct IPL 2021 Phase 2 before the T20 World Cup.
🗓️ The dates are OUT!
Get ready for the #VIVOIPL extravaganza in the UAE 🇦🇪
FULL SCHEDULE 👇 pic.twitter.com/8yUov0CURb
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) July 25, 2021
From postponing the Caribbean Premier League 2021 (CPL 2021), shifting few matches of the T20 World Cup to making sure that Blackcaps’ top players are available for the IPL 2021 Phase 2 despite the New Zealand tour of Pakistan in the same window as IPL, BCCI had to remove as many as seven roadblocks to make IPL 2021 Phase 2 possible.
Challenges ahead of BCCI to conduct IPL 2021
- IPL 2021 Phase 2 clashing with CPL 2021
- Venue not available for the final phase of IPL
- No England players in IPL 2021 Phase 2
- England touring Bangladesh in the same window
- New Zealand players on national duty
We at Insidesport will take you through six problems that BCCI had to address to conduct IPL 2021 Phase 2
CPL 2021 Preponed
Windies Cricket’s Caribbean Premier League 2021 (CPL 2021) was scheduled for the month of September but BCCI requested the CWI to push the dates to accommodate the rest of IPL 2021. BCCI secretary Jay Shah had a telephonic conversation with the officials of CWI and CPL COO Pete Russell. CWI President Ricky Skerritt declared that they are committed to doing their best to avoid a possible overlap between CPL and IPL. Now the CPL 2021 will kick start on August 26.
ICC convinced to shift few matches of T20 World Cup
The IPL 2021 Phase 2 is slated to begin sometime between September 17-19 with a potential final on October 10 while the ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled for October 18. But as per norms, ICC must take over the venues at least 15 days before the tournament. Thus BCCI requested ICC to shift qualifying matches to Oman. Muscat Cricket stadium will be hosting T20 World Cup qualifying.
Making ECB do a U-turn on not sending players for IPL 2021 phase 2
The Managing Director of England Men’s cricket team Ashley Giles in the month of May had said that the England players will not be allowed in the IPL 2021 phase 2. “We have a full schedule if we go from the end of the fifth Test in September. We are set to leave for Bangladesh in the next couple of days. We have a full schedule right through, including Pakistan and wherever the T20 World Cup is,” said Giles.
However, as both IPL 2021 phase, 2 and ICC T20 World Cup are scheduled in UAE. ECB took a U-turn and decided to let their players participate in the cash-rich league.
Postponing England tour of Bangladesh
Our men’s tour of Bangladesh has been rearranged for March 2023 👇
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 3, 2021
BCCI requested England Cricket Board and Bangladesh Cricket Board to postpone their series which was clashing with the IPL 2021. Because of this series, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman would not have participated in IPL. While Eoin Morgan, Sam Curran, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali would have missed the reminder season. However, ECB and BCB agreed to push their series to 2023 and cleared the way for IPL.
Making NZC agree to release TOP New Zealand Cricketers for IPL despite New Zealand series vs Pakistan
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) August 5, 2021
Pakistan Cricket Board gave India a big shock by scheduling the New Zeland series on September 17 while the IPL 2021 is starting from September 19. However, New Zealand Cricket made it clear that the top New Zealand players will be flying to UAE for IPL 2021 and not Pakistan for national duty. Board said that playing IPL in UAE will give Kiwi players the much-needed experience of playing in UAE and adapting to the heat of UAE.