IPL 2021 may resume in the 3rd week of September at UAE
After much speculations, it has come to light according to BCCI sources that the aborted IPL 2021 may finally resume in the 3rd week of September 2021 in the UAE.
The IPL was suspended in the first week of May due to covid spread within the bio bubble. Lots of permutations and combinations were going on for a possible window. It was even suggested to tamper with the test match schedule vs England. However, BCCI realised that it was tough for ECB to readjust the dates. Hence the 19 Sep to 10 Oct window was arrived at.
It has been tentatively decided that there will be 10 doubleheaders during the 20-day window with the final to be played around 10th October.
Due to the IPL, the India v South Africa white ball series scheduled in September. Which was a dress rehearsal for the T20I World cup will be cancelled. Efforts to be made to schedule it at a later date or alternatively India will play more matches in the 2022 South African tour.
It now remains to be seen, whether the heavyweight nations such as England or Australia will agree to release their key players. Before the world cup with the Ashes also starting in December. ECB supremo Ashley Giles had earlier indicated that England players will focus on their international commitments. Which includes series with Pakistan which will clash with IPL dates. Even New Zealand have international commitments lined up in September.
Probably the West Indies and South African players would be available in full for the IPL in September.
It also remains to be seen how the all-format Indian cricketers cope with the continuous high-intensity cricket starting from the England test series in August till the T20I world cup. After the IPL as they will not get any time for rest ahead of IPL. Or more importantly the T20I World Cup. There will also be less turnaround time to recover from any injuries. Moreover the stringent bio bubble rules will make matters more tougher for them.