The BCCI has been working behind the scenes to do its best to reschedule the 2021 IPL which was cancelled mid-ways after the IPL bubble was breached and multiple players tested positive. The BCCI was forced to pull the plug on the IPL also due to the massive spike in COVID cases in India.

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2021 IPL To Return To The UAE

The BCCI organized the 2020 IPL in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and had a successful tournament late last year. The 2021 IPL took place in India and was spread across six locations as the BCCI was confident that it would be able to pull off the 2 month long tournament as the COVID situation looked under control.

However during the first week of May 2021, multiple players and support staff contracted COVID and the tournament was stopped midways. The BCCI did not give any indication if the 2021 IPL would be completed this year as there were a lot of factors to be taken into consideration before a decision was made.VIVO IPL 2021

The BCCI has taken the last three weeks to work out a schedule that will see the 2021 IPL take place in the UAE from September 18 to October 12. The dates and schedules for the remainder of the 2021 IPL will be announced before the end of June 10.

The BCCI and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) have already been in touch and worked out a deal once again.

Many Overseas Players Will Be Absent

While the BCCI has worked out a time frame for the 2021 IPL to take place, a lot of the overseas players are going to be absent as they have national duty during September and October. The English and Wales Cricket Board have already made it clear to the BCCI that the players will not be available for the IPL.

West Indies players could also miss out as the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021) will be underway. However, the BCCI has sent a letter to the West Indies Cricket Board and asked them to advance CPL 2021 by 10 days, so that their players will be available for the IPL.

Australia players are likely to miss out as they will be touring Bangladesh which means players from Bangladesh are also going to be absent. New Zealand are set to play Pakistan in the UAE and the Kiwis are also likely to miss out.

The BCCI has asked IPL franchises to be prepared to miss out on their overseas players due to the tight scheduling and take enough backup players to the UAE.

Will CSK Dominate In The UAE?

IPL franchises and the players are going to have to adjust a lot with the scheduling and change of venue. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had a horrible time in 2020 in the UAE and did not make the playoffs for the first time in IPL history. However, CSK did extremely well during the first part of IPL 2021 and currently sit in second place on the points table.

Will CSK be able to continue their momentum in the UAE or will they once again struggle lie they did last year. Will Suresh Raina play for CSK in the UAE as in 2020, he decided to drop out and stay with his family.

There are many questions that CSK and the other franchises will have to address in the coming weeks.

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