IPL 2021 Phase 2 moved to UAE, confirms BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla

IPL 2021 Phase 2 has been shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla, Indian Premier League
IPL 2021 Phase 2 has been shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla, Indian Premier League

IPL 2021 Phase 2 moved to UAE, confirms BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla- The remainder of IPL 2021 has been shifted to the United Arab Emirates, BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla told ANI on Saturday. The matches are slated to take place between September and October. As many as 31 matches will be played in phase 2 of IPL 2021.

While the BCCI didn’t announce the start date, sources said that the tournament will have a tentative start date of September 19-20. The official confirmation will come later as the board is yet to iron out various aspects of the logistics. The final dates and schedule will be announced soon.

The development comes amid the BCCI SGM meeting to decide the fate of the IPL and T20 World Cup.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had the virtual Special General Meeting (SGM) on Saturday and as expected the major points of discussion was the resumption of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the hosting of the T20 World Cup.

For the T20 World Cup, it was decided that the Indian board will seek time from the ICC when the international body has a meeting on June 1.

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IPL 2021 Phase 2: BCCI to conduct remaining matches of VIVO IPL in UAE

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) 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 SGM further 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.

Speaking to ANI, a source in the know of developments in the meeting said the BCCI will go ahead with organising the IPL in the UAE with an aim to have a 25-day window for the completion of the 14th edition of the league.

“There have been talks with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and they are happy to host the remaining IPL in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi like last time,” the source said.

With regards to the T20 World Cup, the source said it was unanimously decided that with more than four months left for the showpiece event, the BCCI will propose to the ICC to give the body time till the end of June or the beginning of July to take a call on hosting the tournament.

“There is still close to four and a half months and we are confident things will change in that space of time with respect to COVID-19. The BCCI will request the ICC for time till the end of June or the start of July to take a final call on the matter,” the source explained.

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