The 2021 edition of the Indian T20 League, which was postponed earlier this month due to a surge in Covid-19 cases in the country, will likely resume on September 18 or 19 in the UAE. The remaining part of the league will have 31 games, which is expected to take place in a three-week window.
There will also be 10 double-headers and the final is expected to be held either on October 9 or 10. The tournament was earlier postponed on May 4 after several Covid-19 cases were reported in the tournament’s bio-bubble.
"The Board of Control for Cricket in India (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," a BCCI official told the Press Trust of India (PTI) on conditions of anonymity.
“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," the official added.
It has also been reported that the Indian Test players, who will finish their tour of the United Kingdom on September 14 will be flown in for the tournament on a chartered flight. Similarly, players from the Caribbean will also fly to the Emirates.
There will only be a three-day quarantine period for all players, before they step onto the field.
A franchise member also informed that the BCCI has already conveyed the matter to all the teams in the Indian T20 League.
“We have been told by the BCCI to be ready for the tournament. We have been given a September 15 to 20 window," a franchise official confirmed.
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