The 14th edition of the IPL was postponed indefinitely by the BCCI for obvious reasons. The virus infection was spread across four IPL teams (KKR, DC, SRH and CSK).
Besides that, some of the players and support staff contracted the virus infection. Thus, the situation was slowly turning from bad to worse. However, the BCCI and IPL GV promptly took a decision to suspend the tournament.
Now, the richest cricket body confirmed that the IPL will kick off in the United Arab Emirates. The officials held a meeting and only after rounds of discussion, they came up with the correct decision.
The IPL will kick off from September 19 onwards. The IPL 2021 final is scheduled to be held on October 15. It remains to be seen which team would win the title this time around.
As things stand, Delhi Capitals are on top of the IPL 2021 points table. Chennai Super Kings are second on the table. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians follow next on the table.
DC managed to win 6 games and lost twice in 8 games. On the other hand, CSK played 7 games where they won 5 games and lost twice. One more victory for CSK will see them top the table as they have a better Net Run Rate.
Overseas players unlikely to play IPL 2021
The second half of 2021 is going to be extremely busy for teams and players all across the world. The marquee event, ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled at the end of the year.
Apart from that, there are international fixtures as well. Due to the tightly-packed calendar, some cricket boards confirmed that they would not allow their players to take part in the second leg of IPL 2021.
English Cricket Board (ECB) director Ashley Giles also confirmed that they wouldn’t let their players feature in the UAE leg. Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan also confirmed that they wouldn’t allow their players for IPL.
On the other hand, Cricket Australia are yet to give their clarity on this matter. Meanwhile, players associated with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) are doubtful to take part in the IPL as well.
Their fixtures are likely to coincide with that of the IPL. To make things much easier, BCCI is in talks with the West Indies Cricket Board and also asked them to prepone the tournament. Suppose if overseas players don’t take part in the second half of IPL, the tournament will go on as scheduled.
However, the cricket fraternity might miss the true quality of the sport. Meanwhile, BCCI is yet to give an official response or schedule. The fans from all across the world would hope that the tournament would go smoothly.
List of players who are likely to skip the UAE leg of IPL 2021
Chennai Super Kings
Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Behrendorff, Moeen Ali, Mitchell Santner
Steve Smith, Shimron Hetmyer, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Marcus Stoinis
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Adam Zampa
Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kieron Pollard
Liam Livingstone, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Andrew Tye, Mustafizur Rahman
Dawid Malan, Moises Henriques, Riley Meredith, Jhye Richardson, Chris Gayle, Chris Jordan
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shakib Al-Hasan, Eoin Morgan, Ben Cutting, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Holder, David Warner