By Fakeha Anis

The Board of Cricket control in India (BCCI) on Saturday has announced that the remaining matches of IPL season 2021 will be played in UAE. The matches will be held during September-October this year. The collective decision to conduct the matches in UAE was taken by the board considering the season of monsoon in India in these particular months. 

As of record, 31 matches of this season are left. The likely dates given by the board are between September 18 and October 10.

The BCCI on Saturday held a Special General Meeting (SGM) virtually. All the members agreed to the decision of resuming this season of IPL. At a press release, an official statement on the same was given which stated, “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.”

UAE was unanimously decided as the venue because last year’s IPL matches were held there and everything was handled smoothly.

ICC T20 World Cup which is to be held in India this year was also the topic of discussion in the meeting. The BCCI SGM authorized the office bearers to seek ICC for extending time so that they can take a call on hosting ICC T20 2021. The tax rebate issue which is still going on was also put across for discussion.

The issue of unavailability of English players during September-October was put forward to the general body by office bearers. The senior state association member has said, “The BCCI is pretty clear that even if there is a case of unavailability of English players due to their series against Pakistan, we are not going to plead to any of the boards about releasing their players.”

IPL 2021 came to a standstill on May 4 after 29 matches as some of the players and support staff across various teams like Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad tested positive for COVID-19. A call on conducting the league was taken into consideration as the situation of viral spread is easing down day by day.