The pandemic is still not over which is why IPL 2021 can be once again organized in the UAE. According to a source’s version to the Times of India, the UAE is still an option to the BCCI considering the logistics in the pandemic.
Last year, when the Indian Premier League was almost uncertain, the Indian cricket board took a call of taking the league outside India. The pandemic situation in India back then was horrifying and it was impossible for the board to host a bunch of players, staff in such a situation safely. So the BCCI decided to organize the league in the UAE considering the situation there. Fortunately, everything went well and gave a solid platform to the BCCI to plan further with confidence.
IPL 2021 is going to be held soon and the auction will be on February 18. The franchises have already submitted retention and released lists of players as asked by the board. The venue and schedule for the edition are yet to be decided. According to a BCCI source, the board might think of once again hosting the league in the UAE after last year’s success.
“A call on the venue is likely to be taken after the mini-auction on Feb 18. BCCI is looking at all options. Hosting the IPL in India is always the priority but the logistics need to be checked. UAE is still an option since the logistics are more or less in place there. BCCI had also signed an MoU and hosting agreement with the Emirates Cricket Board in September,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
The source added, “Franchises have historically picked squads based on the conditions they are going to play in. As of now, nothing has been ruled out. UAE is still very much an option. BCCI is yet to communicate with the franchises about the venues.”