The second phase of the Indian Premier League is set to resume from September 19 in UAE, according to reports. IPL 2021 was postponed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India after a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in the tournament. The final of the tournament is expected to be played on October 15.
According to a BCCI official, the recent meetings between the BCCI and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) went well and the Indian board is confident that the remaining IPL games will be held successfully in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
“The discussions went really well and with ECB already giving us the oral nod to host the event ahead of the BCCI SGM, it was about closing the deal over the last week. The first game after the season resumes will be held on September 19 while we will have the final on October 15. The BCCI was always keen on a 25-day window to finish the remaining matches,” the official said.
The officials are also positive regarding foreign players participating in the tournament.
“The discussions have started and we are keeping fingers crossed that the foreign players will be mostly available. If a couple of them do not manage to turn up, we shall then decide on the future course of action. But keeping fingers crossed for now and hoping to have an action-packed end to the IPL 2021 in UAE,” the official revealed.