IPL 2021 Remaining Season: BCCI certain, IPL Phase 2 will not take place in India, ‘overseas is the only option’

IPL 2021 New Dates and Venue: With the IPL 2021 suspended, a lot of speculation is being made regarding the next step for the BCCI
IPL 2021 New Dates and Venue: With the IPL 2021 suspended, a lot of speculation is being made regarding the next step for the BCCI

IPL 2021 Remaining Season: With the Indian Premier League (IPL) now suspended, the biggest question that’s doing the rounds is when will it resume & where will it be played? When and where doesn’t have any certain answers – but 1 thing is now certain that the Phase 2 of IPL 2021 will not be played in India. According to the sources in Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), every stakeholder agrees on one thing that IPL 2021 Remaining matches should be played overseas. 

The India option has been ruled out as overseas cricketers, who wanted to return home in a rush, are unlikely to come back anytime soon. A BCCI official said that if IPL takes place it has to be played overseas. “It has been played outside India. Certain suggestions have already been heard. The BCCI just has to make up its mind,” a BCCI official told Times of India.

IPL 2021 Remaining Season: What are the options BCCI is keeping an eye on?

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IPL 2021 Remaining Season Option 1 – UAE

The first and most likely option is to take the league to UAE. BCCI had conducted a successful IPL 2020 and might follow the same route for the remaining 31 matches. Furthermore, given the current situation, UAE can also be the venue for the upcoming T20 World Cup. The Indian players will finish their England tour on September 14, after which they can fly to UAE and serve the week’s quarantine and finish the matches.

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IPL 2021 Remaining Season Option 2 – England

Moving to the United Kingdom is another option that is on the table. The BCCI can make use of the end of English summer to conclude the league. The Indian team will travel to England by end of May for the World Test Championship in June against New Zealand. They will be stationed there until the completion of the five-Test series against England.

IPL 2021 Remaining Season Option 3 – Australia

The Down Under will is the third option suggested to the BCCI. If BCCI decides, and the Australian government eases its policies in the next four months, Australia can for the first time host the Indian Premier League.