England’s Coach Chris Silver wood has confirmed that England Players will be available for the entire IPL 2021. The IPL Governing Council on Sunday announced the schedule for the IPL 2021 which is to be held in India across six venues from April 9 2021. England are scheduled to play a two match test series against New Zealand which will start from June 2.
“We have not looked at selection for the Test matches yet. For me, playing for your country is a big thing. It is always difficult to change anything. So, they will be staying for the whole IPL as it stands at the moment,” Silverwood said during a virtual press conference.
Defending Champions Mumbai Indians will face RCB in Chennai in the IPL 2021 Opening match. “After nearly two years, the IPL extravaganza will return home with Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata hosting the marquee event,” the BCCI said in a statement on Sunday.
The finals of the IPL 2021 will be played on May 30 at Narendra Modi Stadium. Playoffs will also be played at the same venue. “The World’s Largest Cricket Stadium – Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the Playoffs as well as the final on 30th May, 2021 which promises to be a visual spectacle. The newly-built stadium that hosted India’s second pink-ball fixture at home with great grandeur will host it’s first-ever IPL,” the release read.
The BCCI said that this year’s IPL will be played “behind closed doors to begin with and a call on allowing spectators will be taken at a later stage of the tournament. The fixtures of the tournament have been mapped in a way that every team will travel only three times during the league stage, thus reducing commute and minimizing risk,” it added.
Each IPL team will play at four venues during the league stage. Out of the 56 league matches, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru will host 10 matches each while Ahmedabad and Delhi will host eight matches each.
The major highlight of this year’s IPL is that all the matches will be played at neutral venues & no team will be play at their home venue. All teams will play at four out of six venues during the league stage. “After hosting the tournament safely and successfully in the UAE last year with all safety protocols in place, the BCCI is confident of hosting the IPL at home with health and safety of players and all people involved being paramount,” the release concluded.