New Delhi: The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) may decide to hold the remaining 31 matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE between 15 September and 15 October in a special general meeting (AGM) to be held online on Saturday. The agenda of the meeting is to ‘discuss the upcoming cricket season in the wake of the pandemic prevailing in India’. The broad scope of the agenda also includes discussing the members’ delayed compensation package for domestic cricketers for the last season of the ICC T20 World Cup and the canceled Ranji Trophy.
BCCI can announce IPL schedule
The BCCI wants to host the T20 World Cup in India itself and during the ICC (International Cricket Council) board meeting on June 1, it will allow Kovid-19 status in India before taking any decision to this global body of sports. Will ask you to wait for the review. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is expected to preside over the meeting from Mumbai on Saturday. The IPL is expected to resume between September 18 and 20 and end on October 10. The UAE will host matches at three venues in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.
The issue will be the schedule of IPL
A senior BCCI official said, ‘Obviously, the main issue will be the schedule of the IPL. We are expecting four play-off matches (two qualifiers, one eliminator), including the final, plus 10 double-headers (two matches a day) and seven single headers (one match a day). The league will start over the weekend and the finals will also be held over the weekend.
Will be a challenge
There will also be a lot of discussion on other related aspects including taking services of foreign players and bubble-to-bubble transfer (moving from one bio-safe environment to another bio-safe environment). He said, “England Cricket Board Cricket Director Ashley Giles has already said that players of his country will not be allowed to play IPL as they will follow international commitments before the ICC T20 World Cup.”