The United Arab Emirates is becoming a hub of franchise cricket amid the coronavirus as the BCCI has also shifted the remainder of the IPL 2021 to Dubai.
The news week after the Pakistan Cricket Board affirmed holding the rest of the Pakistan Super League Season VI in Dubai. Both the BCCI and PCB went for foreign venues considering the worsening COVID-19 outbreak in both countries.
The schedule hasn’t yet been issued but it has been reported that the BCCI has asked the West Indies Cricket Board to prepone the Caribbean Premier League so that the Windies stars are available for the IPL in time.
Delhi Capitals have secured the top spot in the points table with 12 points in eight games. Chennai Super Kings are just behind Rishabh Pant’s men 10 points in seven matches. Dhoni’s side has the best net run rate in the league (+1.263).
Royal Challengers Bangalore sit at the third spot with 10 points in hand. Virat Kohli’s men have been sublime since the beginning of the tournament, overwhelming reigning champions Mumbai Indians in the league opener.
MI is in the fourth spot with eight points in hand. After a sluggish start, the defending IPL champs are getting back to winning ways by winning both of their last games.
When will IPL resume?
The 2021 IPL edition will resume in September and conclude in October.
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Why was IPL suspended?
The league was put off after multiple franchises reported coronavirus infections among their staffers and players. Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, and Delhi Capitals had confirmed the cases among their players.
Kolkata mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy and pacer Prasidh Krishna were among the three KKR players to have tested positive for the virus.
Meanwhile, Delhi’s veteran spinner Amit Mishra, CSK bowling coach L Balaji, batting coach Michael Hussey and the CEO also contracted COVID-19.
The BCCI then suspended the league amid growing concerns of overseas players and the devastating wave of COVID-19 in India.
The majority of the players that will now participate in the league have been vaccinated. However, the shift in venue and suspension of the league when it was in full swing has cost the BCCI a hefty amount of money.
“If we fail to complete the IPL, the loss will be close to ($436 million). That is going by early estimates,” Ganguly said in an interview to Telegraph.
“There has got to be a lot of shuffling. We have to speak to other boards and see if a window can be made available before the T20 World Cup. A lot of things are involved and we will slowly start working on them.”
He added: “The way the number of people is getting affected on a daily basis is total madness. No one knows what is going to happen tomorrow. Things have gone out of control for everyone.”