October 17, 2021

IPL to tentatively commence on September 18 or 19 in UAE

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) which was postponed earlier, will be resuming on September 18 or 19 in the UAE with a count of 10 double-headers anticipated to be played during a three-week window, according to a senior BCCI official revealed to PTI on Tuesday.

The final match of the league is planned for October 9 or 10. The three-week period will be adequate to complete the remaining 31 matches, which is positive for all the primary stakeholders, including BCCI, franchises and broadcasters.

An official revealed to PTI, “The BCCI has spoken to all the stakeholders and the likely start could be between September 18th to 20th. Since September 18 is a Saturday and 19 a Sunday, it is more likely that you would want to restart it on a weekend date.”

The official further added, “Similarly, October 9th or 10th will be the final as it’s a weekend. We are finalising the itinerary and there will be 10 double headers and seven evening matches along with four main games (two qualifiers, one eliminator and the final), which completes the list of 31 matches.”

After the last test match against England to get over on September 14 at Manchester, and the next day the team will be flown to UAE from “bubble to bubble”. The source said, “The Indian team and the English players who will be available will fly in the same charter flight from Manchester to Dubai. Similarly, the West Indies players will also fly in after completing the Caribbean Premier League engagements. There will be three-day quarantine for players arriving from UK and the Caribbean.”

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