IPL 2021 Remaining Season: 4 countries throw their hat in ring to host IPL Phase 2 in September

IPL 2021: With Sri Lanka throwing its hat in the fray, four countries are fighting to get the bragging rights of hosting the remaining Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021
IPL 2021: With Sri Lanka throwing its hat in the fray, four countries are fighting to get the bragging rights of hosting the remaining Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021

IPL 2021 Remaining Season – Who will host IPL 2021 Phase 2?  With Sri Lanka throwing its hat in the fray, four countries are now in the fray to host the remaining Indian Premier League  (IPL) 2021. Ever since the suspension of IPL due to Covid-19 reports within the bubble, various cricket boards, cities & counties have offered the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to host IPL. Sri Lanka, England, Australia, UAE all want to host IPL 2021 Phase 2. And the interest continues to grow with each passing day. But why is there so much interest to host the IPL 2021? How would the cricket boards benefit from it?

IPL 2021 Remaining Season: Benefits of hosting IPL

  • Revenue for the board: IPL is the world’s richest cricket league where BCCI showers moolah on players and spend crazily on event organisation. Last year, the Indian board paid the Emirates Cricket Board Rs 98.5 crore for hosting IPL in UAE. In a time when revenues for the boards have taken a serious hit, hosting IPL can be a big saviour for them.
  • Tourism: Barring India, England and Australia have successfully hosted events in presence of a crowd. Given IPL’s stature, if held outside India, it will certainly attract a lot of tourism. Hence the government and the cricket board will benefit from it.

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  • On-ground revenue: Besides the revenue given to the hosting board, there will also be revenues from various other sources. The commercials involved in IPL interests and attracts everyone.

IPL 2021 Remaining Matches: What are the options and by when will BCCI decide?

BCCI is planning to host the remaining 31 matches in September after India’s four-Test series against England. So far, the IPL governing council and BCCI haven’t taken any firm decision on the window & venue for IPL Phase 2, but the apex cricket board is expected to take the decision by mid of June.

“There has got to be a lot of shuffling. We have to speak to other boards and see if a window can be made available before the T20 World Cup.

“Lot of things are involved and we will slowly start working on them. If we fail to complete the IPL, the loss will be close to INR 2500 crore (USD 340 million approx). That is going by early estimates,” Ganguly recently told The Telegraph.

IPL Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel also informed that the September window will be explored after speaking to other boards.

“We have to look for a window. If we get one, we will explore holding it. We’ll have to see if it is possible in September. We need to examine the plans of the ICC and other boards,” Patel said.

IPL 2021 Remaining Matches: Options in front of BCCI

Option 1 – UAE

The first and most likely option is to take the league to UAE. BCCI had conducted a successful IPL 2020 and might follow the same route for the remaining games. Furthermore, given the current situation, UAE can also be the venue for the upcoming T20 World Cup. The Indian players will finish their England tour on September 14, after which they can fly to UAE and serve the week’s quarantine and finish the matches.

Option 2 – England

Moving to the United Kingdom is another option that is on the table. The BCCI can make use of the end of English summer to conclude the league. The Indian team will travel to England by end of May for the World Test Championship in June against New Zealand. They will be stationed there until the completion of the five-Test series against England.

Various English Counties in and around London have collectively offered to host IPL – It can be safe option but also to hold any matches in United Kingdom is a much costly affair than holding the tournament in UAE. So, unlikely BCCI would take those extra costs.

 Option 3 – Australia

The Down Under is the third option suggested to the BCCI. If BCCI decides, and the Australian government eases its policies in the next four months, Australia also is in fray to host the Indian Premier League.

Again it is just an option which BCCI is not likely to explore. From England the entire IPL Zing-Bang flies to Australia and then flies back to UAE or India for the T20 World Cup is too much to ask for. So the option according to InsideSport is likely to be ruled out.

Option 4: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is planning to host the Lanka Premier League (LPL) from July to August. On that basis they have claimed they will be ready to host IPL 2021 Phase 2 on the same grounds and facilities. But it is unlikely that BCCI will pay heed much to their offer. Reason, neither teams – nor players will be inclined to travel to Sri Lanka right before the World Cup in UAE.