The IPL franchises are still waiting to hear from the BCCI regarding the official dates and foreign players’ availability for the remainder of IPL 2021, scheduled to be held in the UAE. BCCI vice-president, Rajiv Shukla earlier stated that the IPL will be organized between 19th September and 15th October. However, the same hasn’t been conveyed to franchises officially. With only two months left for the start of the league, the franchises are waiting anxiously for a BCCI response on the same.
Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Vishwanathan told InsideSport that they were worried about the flight ban. But even as the ban is coming to an end, they will not be visiting UAE as of yet. Instead, they are still waiting for BCCI to officially intimate about the dates and foreign players’ availability in Phase 2 of IPL 2021.
“We are not going to UAE yet. We are still waiting for BCCI’s official communication on the dates and only then we will go. Till then, we will be doing everything virtually,” Kasi Viswanathan said.
Much to the respite of everyone, the BCCI treasurer, Arun Dhumal recently stated that the dates will be announced soon as is it still in the planning stage.
“We are not announcing the dates as yet. It will come in a few days’ time,” he said.
Given the fact the Dubai Expo is scheduled to be held between 1st October and 31st March, the availability of hotels could become a concern for the franchises. Further, the flight ban in UAE until 15th July has only aggravated the concerns. Although the flight ban is coming to an end on July 15, franchises are still waiting for BCCI’s official communication to go ahead with their plans.
“We have only heard about the dates from the media and not from the BCCI. The problem is even though Rajeev ji has announced the dates, BCCI hasn’t sent anything officially. So, booking hotels assuming that the dates stick is not realistic. So, we won’t be going to UAE now as it’s better to get a confirmation from the BCCI first,” another franchise official, who did not wish to be named, told InsideSport.