IPL 2021 Phase 2 in UAE – BCCI to request Cricket West Indies: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday has officially announced that IPL 2021 remaining matches will be played in UAE in window between September – October. Though the confirmation to conduct the IPL games in UAE has been made, but the exact dates for IPL 2021 Phase is not announced. Reason, BCCI is not sure about availability of the 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. According to the information available with InsideSport.co BCCI will now put in a request to Cricket West Indies to prepone Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021) by week to 10 days.
IPL 2021 Phase 2: Why BCCI will request Cricket West Indies to prepone CPL 2021 ?
It is worth noting that CPL 2021 start from 28 August and end on 19 September. IPL 2021 is likely to start on 15th September. The CPL players can only arrive in UAE by 20th September and along with mandatory quarantine period of minimum 5-7 days the West Indies cricketers will easily miss half of the remaining matches – this is the reason BCCI has decided to request CWI to prepone CPL by 7-10 days.
“We will speak to all the boards about the availability of their players. We will also speak to Cricket West Indies, we always had great relationship with everyone and we are confident some solution will come out in the next few days”, said one of the top BCCI official after attending the BCCI SGM today afternoon.
IPL 2021 Phase 2 – Foreign Players’ availability big headache for BCCI: Its clear the board at this stage is worried and concerned about the availability of the top foreign players during the window. Most of the foreign cricketers during this window will busy fulfilling their national commitments.
Be it England, New Zealand, Afghanistan all will be playing for their country in various bilateral series.
IPL 2021 Phase 2 – Foreign players doubtful? The ECB has already made it clear that national commitment will take precedence over IPL 2021 with Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and other English players playing Bangladesh and Pakistan in bilateral series.
Furthermore, New Zealand players will also be ruled out if New Zealand Cricket does not tweak its fixtures against Pakistan. Australian players will be busy hosting Sri Lanka while South Africa will host the Netherlands.
IPL 2021 Remaining Matches: Status of overseas players for September window
England: Unavailable – Bangladesh tour for 3-match ODI and T20Is & then 2 match series in Pakistan
Players who could miss: Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan, Jonny Bairstow
New Zealand: Unavailable – Kane Williamson’s New Zealand will play Pakistan in 3-match ODI and T20Is in UAE.
Players who could miss: Kane Williamson, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Seifert, Finn Allen, Kyle Jamieson
Australia: Partially available – Australia will host Sri Lanka for 3-match ODI and T20I series in October before the ICC T20 World Cup.
Players who could miss: Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, David Warner, Jhye Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Steve Smith, Riley Meredith, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Dan Christian, Chris Lynn, Andrew Tye, Ben Cutting, Jason Behrendorff, Moises Henriques, Adam Zampa
South Africa: Almost Available – The Proteas will host the Netherlands in September with some players leaving for the CPL 2021.
Players who could miss: Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Anrich Nortje, Chris Morris, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Marco Jansen
Bangladesh: Unavailable – With England visiting them during the window, it is unlikely that the two Bangladeshi players will be available.
Players who could miss: Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman
West Indies: Partially Available – West Indies players will be busy playing in the CPL 2021 till September 19, meaning they will need further quarantining in the UAE, ruling them out for over 10 days.
Players in IPL 2021: Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Narine, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder
Afghanistan: Unavailable – Afghanistan will play Pakistan in a 3-match ODI series in the UAE.