The BCCI on Tuesday has confirmed that the England players will be available for the second phase of the IPL 2021 in the UAE starting from September 19.
The postponement of the England Bangladesh series has provided an opportunity to the England players to participate in the second leg of the IPL 2021 & thereby prepare for the T20 World Cup which gets underway just after the completion of the IPL 2021.
Speaking to the ANI Sources in the know of the developments said that the BCCI has received a green signal from the ECB on the participation of the England players in the second leg of the IPL 2021. This also highlights the good working relation BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has with the England & Bangladesh Cricket Board.
“The English players will be available for the resumption of the IPL in the UAE. The BCCI has got a green signal. This shows the brilliant working relationship that the BCCI Secretary has with not just the ECB but also the BCB”, the source said.
Earlier England & Bangladesh were slated to play three ODIs & three T20Is in the September-October window. But the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury has said that the board is trying to reschedule the series against England after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup.
“Both the teams are playing a lot of cricket before the T20 World Cup, so we are discussing with the ECB whether the series can be hosted after the T20 World Cup”, BCB Chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury was quoted as saying by Bangladesh Daily Prothom Alo, reported ESPNcricinfo.
“If the series is pushed after the T20 World Cup we have to know when it can be hosted. If the two teams don’t have a gap in the calendar at the same time, we can hold it on the original dates”, he added. Last month the BCCI announced the schedule for the remainder of the IPL 2021 which will be resumed in the UAE. A total of 31 matches will be played in a duration of 27 days. The IPL 2021 which has been suspended in May due to a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in India will kick start on September 19 in the UAE with a superhit clash between CSK & Mumbai Indians.
The matches will then shift to Abu Dhabi where the KKR will lock horns with RCB. Sharjah will host its first match on September 24 when RCB will lock horns with CSK. In total 13 matches will be played in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah & 8 in Abu Dhabi.