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England Counties Offer To Stage The Remainder Of IPL 2021

England Counties: Amidst the rapid rise in infections in the IPL camps, the BCCI finally has postponed the IPL 2021 indefinitely. This decision came after several players tested positive for the COVID-19 over the past 4 days. Those who have tested positive include players like Varun Chakravarthy (KKR), Sandeep Warrier (KKR), Pat Cummins (KKR), Amit Mishra (DC), and Wriddhiman Saha (SRH). Also, CSK coach Laxmipathy Balaji and a staff member and bus driver have tested positive for the COVID-19. CSK batting coach Mike Hussey is the latest addition to that list.

With almost 29 played in this year’s IPL, the BCCI now faces a bigger problem finding a venue to stage the remaining matches. IPL president Brijesh Patel said that the committee is looking at potential venues to conclude this year’s IPL. There is a higher chance that the IPL might shift to the UAE like last year’s. And now, England counties have offered to stage the remainder of the matches in this year’s IPL.

England Counties Offer To Stage The Remainder Of IPL 2021

A group of English counties has offered to host the remainder of the IPL 2021 season in September this year. The MCC, Surrey and Warwickshire, who are based at Lord’s, The Kia Oval (both London) and Edgbaston (Birmingham), respectively, are understood to be part of the group who wrote to the ECB inviting them to extend the opportunity to the BCCI. The plans would see the tournament completed in around two weeks in the second half of September.

The BCCI is currently looking to schedule the IPL to post India’s tour of England. However, the major challenge will be to conclude it before the ICC World Cup T20, set to start in October. There are still 31 matches left in the IPL. Three weeks with multiple double-headers across a few venues are likely to be enough. 

Will The IPL Shift To England?

The England Cricket Board (ECB) said that it is in touch with the BCCI. Also, these England counties will be a major boost for the players as they head into the T20 World Cup scheduled later this year. However, the ECB is yet to receive any indication from the BCCI in terms of hosting the remainder of the matches. An ECB spokesperson said that doing so might broaden the UK market for the IPL.

The counties are also hoping for full crowds during the IPL games. Unfortunately, there are numerous obstacles to this plan, given the current pandemic situation. There would be numerous quarantine issues in bringing players from around the world into the UK. This won’t be the case for Indian players who will already be present in England before the IPL.  Most other sides have international commitments around the same time, with potential quarantine time to be factored in – though those final weeks in September remain less busy than most.

However, there has no official statement regarding the new venue for concluding the remainder of the matches. The BCCI is yet to fixate or make a comment regarding the remainder of the league. Meanwhile, the England counties hope that the BCCI finds a window to accommodate the remaining matches in England.

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