Vivo IPL 2021: BCCI rejected IPL’s board proposal to transfer Vivo IPL 2021 to UAE.
Vivo IPL 2021: BCCI’s biggest nightmare has just manifested in Vivo IPL 2021 although there hasn’t been a breach in the bubble from players or other members of the franchise. It was only a matter of time when this dreaded second wave of the global pandemic took hold over the Indian T20 tournament. However, the situation could be easily avoided and managed if the board had approved the IPL board’s proposal to transfer Vivo IPL 2021 to the UAE.
It is learned that the GC IPL before the start of the Vivo IPL 2021 suggested to the BCCI to move the entire elite competition to the UAE. A week before the opening of the IPL 2021 between the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL GC led by Brijesh Patel wrote a proposal to BCCI asking them to move the tournament.
Patel and four IPL franchises felt that in a long-running tournament like this, things could get out of hand and were in favor of changing the tournament. However, board officials ignored the proposal presented by IPL GC.
The United Arab Emirates and Emirates Cricket Board (ECC) safely conducted IPL 2020 at its three locations in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi and were on hold a week before the opening of IPL 2021.
“The UAE has always been the IPL GC’s first choice for this year’s tournament. Even a week before the start of the IPL, they asked the BCCI to move the entire event to the UAE. Emirates Cricket Board (ECC) was also put on immediate alert and they were ready to host the IPL again at such short notice.
“But no one within the BCCI has shown the urgency to take the necessary measures. Officials were waiting for others to take the first step and ultimately the proposal was rejected, ”the sources said.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah and Treasurer Arun Dhumal were also part of the IPL GC.
After the success of the tests, T20Is and ODIs against England, the board was confident to withdraw the huge tournament as an IPL.
“The board had a huge boost of confidence after smoothly leading the Tests, T20I and ODI series against England at three venues. The IPL, however, was a much bigger challenge with more teams, staff and locations in play, but BCCI felt they had the infrastructure to get things done, ”the BCCI source said.
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