The remaining 31 matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 will take place in the UAE, the BCCI announced following the Special General Meeting (SGM), where the members unanimously agreed to resume the tournament.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year,” the BCCI said in its media release.
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IPL 2021 was called off on may 4th after multiple bio-secure bubble breaches. The dates for the rest of the matches are yet to be announced.
Most of the players will be familiar with the conditions in the UAE, having played all the matches there in 2020 and 20 matches back in 2014. With the weather no longer being an issue, we are assured to have no interruptions throughout.
Another thing that works in UAE’s favour is the short distance between the three venues – Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah – which completes eliminates air travel, which is considered to be a potential carrier of the covid virus. There is no clarity on whether crowds will be allowed in the UAE. A lot will depend on how smoothly the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 goes.