It is not clear whether the Indian Premier League in 2021 will be held in India or the United Arab Emirates, but the IPL Board of Directors discussed the possibilities of limited venues at its first meeting on Monday.
Sports star understands that the Board of Governors, chaired by former Indian cricketer Brijesh Patel, has decided to wait and watch before finalizing the host country for IPL 2021, which will likely start in the second week of April.
“The Memorandum of Understanding with the Emirates Cricket Board has been signed for the long term, so transferring it to the UAE as in 2020 will not be too complicated,” a BCCI insider revealed.
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“It will be better to wait another month and judge the possible impact of the pandemic on IPL.”
The Board of Governors is said to have considered the possibility of restricting IPL sites in India, instead of assigning matches to the base city of each franchise. “Yes, this is something that will have to be looked at. Four or five at most, ideally to maintain bio-secure bubbles, but franchises will have to be taken in confidence for that, ”added the source.
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In case of limited rooms, the main contenders for the organization of the tournament are Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata. These sites were under consideration even last year before the pandemic forced the BCCI to move the IPL to three sites in the UAE.
Auction in February
The Board of Governors also discussed the schedule of franchises to review the teams. Franchises may be asked to confirm successful players before January 21 and a trading window may continue until the end of the month. The player auction will take place around February 10.
BCCI is expected to officially announce the deadlines later this week, once President Sourav Ganguly is released from hospital.