With the second half of the IPL 2021 not too far from commencement, the BCCI has granted permission to all the IPL franchisees to leave for the UAE after August 10. It seems like the CSK will be the first team to reach the venue.
CSK was the first team to start their training sessions earlier this year before the beginning of the first phase of the IPL 2021. For the second phase of IPL 2021 also, CSK is planning to begin its training sessions early by reaching UAE one month before the start of the IPL 2021 Phase 2. According to CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan, the CSK squad is planning to reach the UAE by 14 or 15 of August.
“We are looking to leave for the UAE on August 14-15 as the BCCI has said teams can leave after August 10,” Kasi Viswanathan told ANI.
However, the availability of overseas players is a major concern for the franchises as the second leg of the IPL 2021 is happening outside the regular window of April-May. Many overseas players have crucial national commitments lined up during the September-October window which they can’t overlook. Players from New Zealand, South Africa, and West Indies will feature in the tournament.
The availability of players from England and Australia is doubtful as England is scheduled to play three ODIs & three T20I against Bangladesh during IPL’s September-October window. However, according to the latest reports, these series have been postponed indefinitely, so there are chances that England’s players will likely be available for the IPL 2021 Phase 2.
“While we are yet to get any official communication from the BCCI on the availability of the English or Australian players, they have said that talks are moving in a positive direction. The postponement of the England-Bangladesh series further raises the chances of English players being available. We should be clear about this by the end of this week,” said a franchise official.
The remainder of the IPL 2021 will start in the UAE from September 19 with the final taking place on October 15.