IPL 2021: BCCI eager on decreasing double-headers

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The Indian Premier League last may now be held on October 15 because the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) is trying to cut back the variety of double-headers to keep away from the September warmth within the United Arab Emirates.
Whereas the Board is predicted to announce the ultimate schedule of the event in two weeks, Sportstar understands that the event will start on September 19.

The goal is to scale back the double-headers to 6 or seven as in opposition to 10. And the BCCI and Emirates Cricket Board are actually planning to take advantage of the September 15-October 15 window.

After deliberations with the native authorities, the BCCI officers consider that having 10 matches within the afternoon might be difficult for the groups in such a brief window. “The gamers can have a protracted season, so it’s advisable that we keep away from double-headers as a lot as doable,” a Board insider stated.

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A BCCI delegation – led by president Sourav Ganguly – did a recce of the venues and had conferences with the native authorities. It’s believed that efforts are on to permit a restricted variety of followers – who’re totally vaccinated – to the stadiums and because of this, internet hosting the ultimate on October 15 will probably be helpful as it’s the festive season. “All of the stakeholders have been consulted,” the Board official stated.

Efforts are on to make sure that the abroad gamers can be found, and final week, BCCI chief Ganguly informed this publication that the event will go forward with whoever is out there.

The BCCI had requested the West Indies Cricket Board to begin the Caribbean Premier League per week early however there was no response. “We’re in talks with the boards and we’re assured that the majority gamers will probably be accessible,” the board insider stated.

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The Indian staff will end the Check collection in opposition to England on September 14 and can fly into Dubai the following day by a constitution flight. The gamers might need to bear a three-day onerous quarantine within the UAE however that might be waived off since it will likely be a bubble-to-bubble switch.

With the T20 World Cup prone to be shifted to the UAE, the Board additionally plans to host the knockout stage in a single venue – ideally Dubai – whereas the opposite two grounds – Sharjah and Abu Dhabi – will probably be handed over to the ICC for T20 World Cup preparations.

As of now, the franchises plan to succeed in the UAE by mid-August, have obligatory quarantine after which begin coaching.