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The 14th season of the Indian Premier League was finally postponed due to the rising outbreak of the Corona epidemic. With 4 players, one coach and 2 support staff positive on Monday and Tuesday, it was decided to stop the league after 29 matches. BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla said that the board will now review in September when the remaining 31 matches of IPL-2021 can be held.
Bhaskar closely monitored the entire development and ascertained how the Cricket Board officials and franchisees came to the conclusion that the league should be postponed. Read exclusive report …
The future of the league was discussed between IPL management and all the franchises. It said on behalf of Punjab that its players want to continue the league even further. However, there were two opinions on this in the Delhi Capitals franchise. A Delhi camp believed that their team had a chance to become champions for the first time, so the game would continue, but franchise chairman Partha Jindal did not want to continue the league in the current environment. Similarly, Akash Ambani of Mumbai Indians was also in favor of postponement of the league. Similarly, the opinion of board officials was also divided, but ultimately the decision was taken to postpone the league without taking risks.
Foreign players did not want to stop
Sources associated with the board said that the foreign players in the league did not want to stay in India in this difficult situation. The foreign players, who comprise almost all the teams, demanded a postponement of the league.
Removing the window for the remaining matches is a big challenge, it may get a few days in September
A window of at least 20-25 days is required for BCCI to complete IPL-2021. In the coming months, it will be a big challenge to remove the window of so many days between the busy schedule of Team India and other teams. The Indian team has to travel to England to play the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand from 18 to 22 June. Under Quarantine rules of the UK, players may have to go there two weeks before the match. After this match, the Indian team will stay in England and will come back only after playing the Test series there in August-September. This Test series against England will start from 4 August and will run till 14 September.
The window for the IPL can be taken out after the Test series against England, as the next big assignment is of the World T20 which will start in mid-October. After the World T20 starts, it will be difficult to find time till March. In April of 2022, the time will come for the next season of IPL. The Indian team will host New Zealand after the World T20. India is scheduled to visit South Africa at the end of the year. After this, from January to March, India have to play series from West Indies and Sri Lanka. Then the time for IPL-2022 will come. That is, if after September, BCCI has to conduct the remaining matches of IPL 2021, then any international series will have to be canceled.
Did not want to compromise on the safety of people associated with IPL: Jai Shah
BCCI secretary Jai Shah said on the decision to postpone the league saying that the board did not want to compromise with the safety of the people associated with the IPL. The BCCI and the IPL Governing Council therefore decided to postpone the league by consensus.