BCCI looking for a Sept to Oct window for completion of IPL 2021
The BCCI in their special general meeting on 29th May 2021 is expected to take a call on the completion of the IPL 2021. The possible scenario which is being floated out by certain sources close to BCCI is that the board is planning to hold the IPL between 15 September to 15 October in UAE, which looks the best possible window.
The India v England 5 test series is supposed to end on 14 September at Old Trafford, the venue for the last
test. After which the Indian players are expected to fly down to the UAE for the IPL while the rest of the Indian players ( not in the England squad) will fly in from India.
The sources also indicated that BCCI may look at negotiating with ECB to advance the dates of the final test. Which however looks unlikely as tickets are reportedly sold in large numbers for all the test matches. Already and also the 100 format to be played before the 5 test series. Also, there is a tour program of Pakistan playing a white ball series with England in July.
BCCI looking for a Sept to Oct window for completion of IPL 2021. With 4 weekends falling during the 15 September to 15 October window. The BCCI can arrange for 16 matches in those four days (doubleheaders ). That will leave 11 more league matches in the remaining 19 days and 4 playoff matches.
However, the biggest issue will be the availability of foreign players. Most of the top teams would like to train together before the T20I world cup starting from mid-October. Hence it remains to be seen whether teams like Australia will be willing to allow their key players to play in the IPL. As injury chances also get multiplied in a T20 event of such high stakes. Ashley Giles, the ECB head has also indicated already that the England team have international tours in September. In white-ball format and hence the leading England players are not likely to be available for IPL. Even New Zealand have tours in September so their players could be uncertain in IPL too.
Hence it appears that though BCCI is likely to succeed in getting the IPL to resume in UAE in September. The availability of foreign players from some of the leading nations will be the biggest issue with tight international commitments.