IPL 2021 – BCCI had rejected IPL governing council’s plan to shift league to UAE- Amid the increasing cases of COVID-19 in India, the BCCI appointed IPL governing council had made a proposal to shift IPL 2021 to UAE a week before its commencement. However, the BCCI rejected the plan and went on with the league in India itself.
Governing council head Brijesh Patel feared that things might spiral out of BCCI’s control if the second wave broke out. Four IPL team owners were also in support of shifting IPL2021 to the UAE. However, adamant BCCI were not ready to relocate IPL even when IPL 2020 was successfully carried out in UAE.
Sources with The Times of India revealed, “UAE was always the first choice of the IPL GC for this year’s tournament. Even a week before the start of IPL, they asked BCCI to move the entire event to the UAE. Emirates Cricket Board was also put on immediate alert and they were willing to conduct IPL again even if BCCI decided to shift the tournament in such short notice. But nobody in the BCCI showed the urgency to take the step. The officials kept waiting for each other to make the first move and eventually the proposal was shot down,” sources said.
Jay Shah, who is the current BCCI secretary, is also part of IPL GC along with treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal.
“The Board got an enormous confidence boost after conducting the Test, T20I and ODI series against England at three venues smoothly. The IPL, though, was a far bigger challenge with more teams, personnel and venues at play; but the BCCI felt that it had the infrastructure to pull it off. However, they couldn’t anticipate that the situation would worsen so much in the next 20-odd days from the start of IPL, “BCCI source said.
“It is extremely unfortunate and the BCCI is taking extreme precautions now so that things don’t get aggravated hereon. In hindsight, it should have been the right thing to do. The biggest flaw in this year’s IPL is the travel arrangements. In the UAE, we were travelling to and fro our bases and were cooped up in the same hotel. There was a routine. Here, we are changing cities, we don’t know whether the pilots and flight attendants have quarantined or not, the food quality on flights, etc. The caravan idea just doesn’t work,” the source said.
IPL 2021 | IPL likely to be shifted to Mumbai: Report
After COVID-19 cases in KKR, CSK camp, BCCI is aiming to minimize the risk for the remaining matches (3rd leg, playoffs) of IPL 2021. If plans are executed, the league might be shifted entirely to Mumbai towards the end of this week. The alterations could also lead to a slight change in the IPL 2021 schedule, with multiple doubleheaders.