IPL 2021 Phase 2: BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla on Monday made it clear that the Indian Premier League will go ahead with or without the foreign players. BCCI had recently announced that they will be moving the league to UAE to host the remaining 31 matches, which got suspended on May 4 due to Covid-19. Shukla informed that the board will hold a meeting with Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday after BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah will arrive in UAE.
“I am already here. Now a team of BCCI office-bearers, president (Sourav Ganguly), secretary (Jay Shah) and the IPL chairman (Brijesh Patel) will be coming here in a couple of days,” Shukla told Khaleej Times.
“We will be having discussions with the cricket board here and the other authorities. And accordingly the schedule will be made, so the tournament happens in a very smooth manner as it happened here last year.
“The Indian players are there, foreign players are there, but few foreign players will not be available. As I said, we have to complete our tournament.
“So the franchises will definitely look for other players. Whoever is available, we are going to have the tournament with them. That’s our policy,” he added.
IPL 2021 Phase 2: Fans likely to return to stadium
Interestingly, one of the key discussions on Wednesday will be about the return of fans. Shukla said that BCCI was in talks with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and the UAE government over the entry of fans in the stadium.
According to a report by Cricbuzz, ECB is likely to allow 50 percent fans. “The vaccinated fans can be allowed up to 50 per cent of the [stadium] capacity,” a UAE board official said.
Shukla asserted that BCCI was ready to strictly follow the instructions and had no problems with closed door matches either.
“The only issue is about the spectators, whether they will allow the spectators or not. So we will talk to them about that. We will go by whatever UAE authorities decide,” Shukla said.
“If they say it’s with spectators, and certain percentage of spectators, we are fine. Or if they say without spectators, that is also fine with us. There is no problem.”