IPL 2021 Phase 2: BCCI is doing all it can to resume the suspended IPL 2021 in September, even if it means cancelling the South Africa tour of India for the second time. BCCI is reportedly trying to reschedule the September-bound three ODI and as many T20I series, to make it possible to hold the remaining 31 IPL matches.
“There is a chance that India might play extra games when they tour South Africa early next year,” the source said quoted by PTI.
Originally scheduled to take place last year in March, BCCI and CSA decided to postpone the two matches of the ODI series due to the pandemic.
IPL 2021 Phase 2 Schedule- The IPL has also put dark clouds over the two-Test home series against New Zealand. According to the PTI report, the series, scheduled in November could also be shifted depending upon when the T20 World Cup ends.
While BCCI, as of now, will not give up its hosting rights and wait for how the COVID-19 situation in India pans out, there is very little chance that countries will want to travel to India which is facing its worst health emergency since independence.
IPL 2021 Phase 2 Schedule: 10 doubles-headers in three-week window
The IPL was postponed on May 4 after multiple COVID-19 cases inside its bio-bubble came to light. BCCI is now reportedly planning to resume the league in the third week of September. According to the PTI report, the one month schedule will have 10 double-headers.
“The BCCI has spoken to all the stakeholders and the likely start could be between September 18th to 20th. Since September 18 is a Saturday and 19 a Sunday, it is more likely that you would want to re-start it on a weekend date,” the official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“Similarly, October 9th or 10th will be the final as it’s a weekend. We are finalising the itinerary and there will be 10 double headers and seven evening matches along with four main games (two qualifiers, one eliminator and the final), which completes the list of 31 matches,” the official added.