The IPL 2021 will resume on September 19 and the final will be played on October 15. This has been informed by a BCCI official to ANI. The 14th season of IPL was postponed for the sudden raise of Covid-19 cases in India. UAE will be hosting the remainder of the league.
IPL 14 remaining matches
The IPL 14 was postponed after a stage due to a spike in pandemic cases in India. The BCCI then decided to shift the league to the UAE and organize the same during September-October.
According to a BCCI official, the dates have been finalized. He told to ANI, “The discussions went really well and with ECB already giving us the oral nod to host the event ahead of the BCCI SGM, it was about closing the deal over the last week. The first game after the season resumes will be held on September 19 while we will have the final on October 15. The BCCI was always keen on a 25-day window to finish the remaining matches.”
Availability of foreign players
While asked about the availability of overseas players during that period, he added, “The discussions have started and we are keeping fingers crossed that the foreign players will be mostly available. If a couple of them do not manage to turn up, we shall then decide on the future course of action. But keeping fingers crossed for now and hoping to have an action-packed end to the 14th edition in UAE.”
However the franchise may miss a few foreign players which means the team balance can ‘go for a toss’. “Yes, if we do end up missing some of the foreign stars, that is an area which would need some attention when it comes to picking replacements as the foreign players are also integral to the teams. Team balance can go for a toss, so keeping fingers crossed on that one.”