There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has put the cricketers in quarantine and isolation time and time again. This has indeed taken a toll on the mental aspect of the cricketers. Several cricketers have expressed their views on this subject as well.
Meanwhile, the cash-rich Indian Premier League was paused for the time being after multiple coronavirus cases were reported inside the biosecure environment. Not just players, even the staff contracted the infection. So, BCCI and IPL GC decided to take the right step by postponing the tournament.
IPL 2021 to resume in the UAE
Earlier, there were speculations that if IPL is not held this year then the BCCI might have to face losses up to Rs 2,500 crores. However, the BCCI has already planned things in advance and is looking forward to resuming the tournament in the UAE in the September-October window.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year,” BCCI said in a statement.
If reports doing the rounds are to be believed then there might be changes with respect to the games. The rest of 31 games will be divided into 10 double headers, 7 single headers, and 4 playoffs. This formula will perfectly fit into the 21-day window. This is what the BCCI hopes to create right before the ICC T20 World Cup.
Meanwhile, the richest cricket body has reportedly requested the West Indies cricket board to prepone the forthcoming edition of the CPL by 10 days such that the Caribbean players will turn up for IPL 2021. Earlier, ECB Director Ashley Giles confirmed that English cricketers will miss the UAE leg.
Apart from them, the likes of Pat Cummins and Shakib Al Hasan are unlikely to head to the UAE for the second half of the tournament. Even New Zealand’s lanky pacer Kyle Jamieson mentioned that he is not really sure about his participation.
What are the venues for IPL 2021 in UAE?
So far, BCCI hosted 29 fixtures in India before the coronavirus pandemic forced the cricket body to suspend the tournament. The rest of the 31 fixtures of the tournament will be played in three different venues in the United Arab Emirates – Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi.
What time will IPL 2021 in UAE matches will start?
So the timings for the second leg of IPL will begin at 3:30 PM at UAE (7:30 PM IST)
Which channels will Live telecast IPL 2021 in UAE?
It is well-known that Star Sports has already acquired IPL media rights. The second phase of IPL will be telecasted on the Star Sports Network. The network is so large that the IPL can be witnessed in multiple languages via different network channels.
Where can watch live streaming of IPL 2021 leg 2 matches?
In case if you want to watch it online, then you need to subscribe to Disney+Hotstar.
IPL 2021 points table
|S. No||Teams||Played||Won||Lost||Net RR||Points|
|2||Chennai Super Kings||7||5||2||1.263||10|
|3||Royal Challengers Bangalore||7||5||2||-0.171||10|
|7||Kolkata Knight Riders||7||2||5||-0.494||4|