IPL 2021 Remaining Season: IPL 2021: RCB Chairman asks Virat Kohli and team to be ready for, ‘IPL 2021 Phase 2 in September’ – After the BCCI was forced to suspend the IPL 2021 indefinitely due to rising cases of COVID-19 on May 4, the speculations have been rife about when it could resume. While so far, all the reports and sources said that the IPL 2021 remaining season could resume in September, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s outgoing Chairman Anand Kripalu and director of cricket operations Mike Hesson revealed that BCCI had communicated to them that IPL 2021 would resume in September, before the ICC T20 World Cup.
In a video, posted by RCB on Twitter on Friday, Anand Kripalu said, “We got a call from BCCI half an hour ago to say that they are going to be suspending the IPL given the fact that 4 teams are affected and there is too much risk. They are not certain when it is going to resume. But I am going to make it clear that it will resume and it is not cancelled. They (BCCI) have indicated September, saying they are going to try and find a window. But we don’t know exactly yet,” Kripalu said.
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IPL 2021 Remaining Season – Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Director of Cricket Operations, Mike Hesson, also confirmed that the BCCI had indicated the September window. “We trust BCCI. They will gather as much information as they can when looking at the window in September and keep us informed. They will keep us a part of the decision making just to make sure that when it is scheduled everyone is safe and all the players have a safe environment,” Mike Hesson said in the video.
IPL 2021 Remaining Season: With ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to be played in India in October, the BCCI will be looking to convince other cricket boards to resume the IPL 2021 remaining season in September. That way, players will also get acclimatised to Indian conditions. However, with a packed up schedule ahead, BCCI will toil hard to find a window.
IPL 2021 Remaining Season: Will India be preferred option?
The other dilemma is whether to conduct the IPL 2021 remaining season in India. With India going through its worst COVID-19 crisis yet, it is too early to take a call. However, BCCI will have to take a call on the venue with the UAE being the preferred second option. The other two options are to conduct the IPL in England as a few counties have expressed interest in hosting it and Australia.
“There has got to be a lot of shuffling. Only a day has passed since we suspended the IPL. 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,” BCCI president Sourav Ganguly told the Telegraph.
Ganguly also refused to make any assumptions right now on the ICC T20 World Cup, saying the situation will have to get better and a decision will be taken within a month.
“Let’s see what happens to the World T20. There’s still some time left and we don’t know how things will pan out a month later… Can’t comment right now. But let’s not assume things,” Ganguly said.