Indian Premier League franchises await clarification on the availability of foreign players as the Cricket Control Board in India confirms plans to hold the remainder of the tournament in the September-October window in the United Arab Emirates.
Sports star understands that BCCI plans to start the tournament around September 18 at three venues – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah – and that it will run until October 10.
“It will be important to know the availability of the players so that we can plan accordingly. The IPL has been a landmark event in terms of foreign player participation, and if some of the top boards don’t release players it could lose some shine. We’ve just been told the rest of the tournament is on, ”a franchise source said.
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BCCI plans to have 10 double headers for a three week window. “That’s what the plan is at the moment. But clearly there is still a long way to go. We are confirmed that the tournament will start on September 18th and 19th. The decision will also be communicated to SGM stakeholders, ”said a board official.
There is no update on the availability of cricketers from Australia, England and New Zealand. Even the West Indians will be busy with the Caribbean Premier League. The BCCI is trying to convince the West Indies Cricket Board to complete the CPL by September 15th so that their players can be available for the IPL.
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Earlier, Ashley Giles, director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, said England cricketers may have to pass up the rescheduled IPL due to international engagements. They are supposed to visit Bangladesh and Pakistan during this time.
The Indian team’s final test match against England will end on September 14 in Manchester and the players will take off the following day on a charter flight. There will be a three-day quarantine in the bubble-to-bubble transfer.
The BCCI also decided to suspend the proposed T20I series against South Africa scheduled for September.
With the T20 World Cup set to start on October 18, all IPL players must be released a week in advance.