IPL 2021 resumption: The suspended season of the Indian Premier League 2021 is slated to resume from September 19, a BCCI said. Earlier, the BCCI had also revealed that the remaining tournament would take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The tournament was suspended on May 4 after two Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier of Kolkata Knight Riders tested positive for COVID-19.
Now BCCI has also announced the tentative dates of the tournament resumption which will either be September 19 or 20. The tournament will run through 20 days and the finals will take place on October 10.
“The BCCI has spoken to all the stakeholders and the likely IPL re-start could be between September 18th to 20th. Since September 18 is a Saturday and 19 a Sunday, it is more likely that you would want to re-start it on a weekend date,” a BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“Similarly, October 9th or 10th will be the final as it’s a weekend. We are finalising the itinerary and there will be 10 double headers and seven evening matches along with four main games (two qualifiers, one eliminator and the final), which completes the list of 31 matches,” the official added.
The Indian and England players will engage with each other for three and a half months in a bilateral series. All the players will get free by the start of September after a hectic series.
IPL 2021 resumption to for double headers
“We are talking about a 21-day window for IPL 2021, still 31 matches have to be played. There will be 4 playoff days with 27 pool games before that. There will be 9 or 10 double-headers, which means 20 games taken care off. And 7 single day games” Boria Majumdar said.
The remaining tournament will mainly feature the double header matches to be held entirely at the UAE with no crowd in the stadium.