The BCCI has not ruled out the possibility of hosting the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates if the situation does not allow them to host it in India. For the moment, BCCI’s priority is to host the event at home. But given that the situation in the country is still alarming, the board has kept the UAE as a fallback option.
According to the New Indian Express, even though the tournament is held in India, the number of cities / venues will be limited to four. The IPL Board of Directors, led by Brijesh Patel, met virtually on Monday to develop a plan for this year’s edition. Like the last edition, which took place from September 19 to November 10, the BCCI wants to create a bio-secure bubble and wants to limit the number of places to reduce operational costs.
Top-level cricket finally resumes in India this month with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy while international cricket resumes in the country next month with the arrival of the England squad for a full-fledged tour that includes four tests, three T20Is and like many ODIs. The series will be limited to just three locations – Chennai, Ahmedabad and Pune due to the pandemic.
“We haven’t decided on a location yet. We just had our first meeting. The dates of the trading window and the auction will also be decided soon. “ IPL Board Chairman Brijesh Patel said.
Last year, the BCCI successfully hosted the tournament in the UAE at a time when the pandemic was nearing its peak. No positive cases were detected after the tournament began in September before successfully ending in November. And if the situation in India does not improve by March, the IPL is expected to be held in the Gulf country.
BCCI is also in no rush and is ready to wait until March to decide on the venue as it already has a memorandum of understanding with the Emirates Cricket Board to host the next edition of the IPL. After moving the tournament from the last edition on short notice, BCCI believe returning to the UAE will not be a problem.