The Indian Premier League was postponed on 4 May 2021. However, a senior BCCI official has recently stated that the IPL will tentatively resume on 18 or 19 September 2021 in the UAE. Sports betting fans in India can expect up to 10 double-headers to take place during the 3-week window.
The final could be held on 9 or 10 October 2021 and the 3-week window should be enough time for the league to complete the remaining 31 matches for the 2021 season. This is a win-win scenario for all stakeholders, including the broadcasters, franchises, and the BCCI. The primary reason why the Indian Premier League was postponed in the first place was due to several COVID-19 cases that occurred in the bio-bubble back in May 2021.
Board of Control for Cricket in India
The BCCI has recently discussed the return of the Indian Premier League with all stakeholders and decided that it was safe for the league to return in mid September. The 18th of September falls on a Saturday, while the 19th of September is a Sunday, making it more likely for a restart over a weekend period.
The same can be said for the final that will take place on the 9th or 10th of October as this also falls over a weekend. A BCCI official stated that they are finalizing the itinerary, ensuring 10 double headers, seven evening matches, and 4 main games to complete all remaining matches before the season comes to an end. This will include two qualifiers, one eliminator, and a final.
The last Test match for India against England will take place on 14 September at Manchester. The following day, the entire cricket team will be flown to UAE, thanks to a chartered flight, that will allow the team to endure a bubble-to-bubble transfer.
The English players and the Indian team will fly in the same charter flights, making their way from Manchester to Dubai. The West Indies will also look at flying in to Dubai once they have completed all their matches in the Caribbean Premier League. Once all the players arrive in Dubai, there will be a 3-day quarantine for all players arriving from the Caribbean and the United Kingdom.
India Cancels White Ball Series Against South Africa
The BCCI has recently decided that it would be more beneficial for India to cancel the T20 Series against South Africa in September. This was initially a build-up to India’s preparations for the T20 World Cup.
Unfortunately, the series cannot take place and the high intensity that the IPL tournament provides for players is far better preparations for the T20 World Cup. Because the T20 World Cup will begin within 10 days after the IPL is completed, the SA series is better off starting later.
There is a glimmer of hope that India could play a few games while touring South Africa early next year. However, nothing has been confirmed as of yet. The two Test series at home against New Zealand could also be rescheduled.
The India home season had two Test Series planned against New Zealand in mid-November. However, these dates could also change as it greatly depends on when the T20 World Cup is completed.
While BCCI is not showing any signs of giving up its hosting rights while waiting for the coronavirus situation to pan out, there is no indication that other countries will travel to India as the country is currently facing its worst health scare since independence.