Finalizing the date of the resumption of the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 14 in UAE, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that the 14th edition of the game will resume from September 19. The final of the tournament will take place on October 15.
The BCCI had discussions with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), following which the dates were finalized. The remaining 31 matches of the tournament will take place in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai.
“The discussions went really well and with the ECB already giving us the oral nod to host the event before the BCCI SGM, it was about closing the deal last week. The first game after the season resumes will be held on September 19, while we will have the final on October 15. The BCCI was always keen on a 25-day window to finish the remaining matches,” a BCCI official in the know of the events told news agency ANI.
Speaking on the participation of the overseas player in the reminder of IPL 14, “The discussions have started and we are keeping fingers crossed that the foreign players will be mostly available. If a couple of them do not manage to turn up, we shall then decide on the future course of action. But keeping fingers crossed for now and hoping to have an action-packed end to the 14th edition in UAE,” the official said.
In fact, franchises are also confident that the BCCI will engage in positive discussions with the foreign boards and make players available for the remaining games.
“What we were made aware of after the BCCI SGM is that the board will be speaking to the foreign boards and check on the availability of the foreign cricketers. We are confident that the BCCI will find the best possible solution and honestly, it is a matter of the BCCI officials speaking to the respective board officials, so we should wait to hear from the board on this.
“Yes, if we do end up missing some of the foreign stars, that is an area which would need some attention when it comes to picking replacements as the foreign players are also integral to the teams. Team balance can go for a toss, so keeping fingers crossed on that one,” the franchise official said.
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