The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has granted permission to all the teams to arrive in the UAE after August 10, with the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 just weeks away.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is likely to be the first franchise to depart for the UAE, something that they had been intending to do as stated by the official earlier. With most of their players not active, the franchise started preparing for the tournament earlier than the rest.
CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan informed that the franchise is planning to arrive in Dubai between August 14-15, around a month prior to the start of the tournament.
“We are looking to leave for the UAE on August 14-15 as the BCCI has said teams can leave after August 10,” Kasi Viswanathan told ANI.
The team was also the first to set up their training camp ahead of the first phase of IPL 2021 earlier this year, the remaining 31 games of which was postponed due to the increasing COVID-19 cases among players.
Amid the preparations, the availability of overseas players still remains a major concern for the franchises, with BCCI itself trying to figure out the solution. While players from New Zealand, South Africa, and West Indies will certainly feature in the tournament, the same cannot be said for the other national teams including Australia and England.
However, with the England and Bangladesh white-ball series postponed, England players are likely to feature in the UAE leg of IPL 2021.
“While we are yet to get any official communication from the BCCI on the availability of the English or Australian players, they have said that talks are moving in a positive direction. The postponement of the England-Bangladesh series further raises the chances of English players being available. We should be clear about this by the end of this week,” said a franchise official.
The first match of the second phase of the tournament will take place on September 19 between CSK and defending champions Mumbai Indian.
Check out the full schedule, match timings, and venues for the UAE leg of IPL 2021 here.