IPL 2021 Dates & Schedule updates: 14th edition of Indian Premier League all set to begin on 11th April

IPL 2021 Dates, Schedule & Venue: The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) is all set to begin on 11th April. The BCCI and IPL Governing Council has almost zeroed down on the tentative dates and schedule for IPL 14. According to one of the highly placed source in BCCI, IPL 2021 will start on 11th April and will be concluded either on 5th or 6th June.

’The final decision will be taken by IPL GC but 11th April is the tentative date to start IPL 2021. The series against England finishes in March and players will get good break with 11th April start for IPL 14th’, said the BCCI official.

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It is worth noting that India’s series against England concludes on 28th March. According to the BCCI official the start of 11th April will give enough time for Indian players to recoup their energies and at the same time fulfill sponsor commitments towards their respective franchises.

IPL 2021 in India says BCCI’s treasurer Arun Dhumal: Meanwhile now BCCI is also completely convinced that IPL 2021 will should take place in India. The BCCI doesn’t even feel the need to currently look at a back-up overseas venue for hosting the next IPL with the COVID-19 situation improving in India, its treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal said on Saturday.

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Dhumal, who is also on the IPL Governing Council, told PTI that the board is confident that it would be able to host the 2021 edition of the lucrative league at home unlike the previous edition, which was held in the UAE due to the pandemic.

The board’s confidence stems from the fact that the BCCI has successfully conducted Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. According to Dhumal, BCCI is making all preparations to conduct safe and successful IPL in India.

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“We are working on having the IPL in India and we are hopeful that we would be able to organise it. We are not even thinking of a back up also at this point in time, we are wanting to do it here.

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“India is probably safer than UAE at this point. Hopefully, the situation remains stable and keep improving and we will have it here,” said Dhumal.

He also spoke on getting the crowds back to stadiums partially, the BCCI’s move to not go ahead with Ranji Trophy this season, India’s triumph in Australia, COVID-19 vaccination for players and women’s cricket.

“We took feedback from the players, selection committee, state associations. It was felt that 2020 is already gone and rather than having two Ranji events in the same calendar year, it is better to go for white-ball cricket.

That way we could have something for junior cricket and women considering the importance of of Women’s World Cup and U-19 World Cup next year.

“Rather than having one tournament, we thought of having events in different categories,” said Dhumal, adding that players will be duly compensated for not getting to play in Ranji Trophy this season.