The Unprecedented outbreak of Covid-19 has led to a suspension to the 14th edition of Indian Premier League. After 3 weeks of play, the authority sensed the worse and immediately called off couple of games and subsequently the whole tournament. READ MORE Twitter Reactions: Cricket Community reacts on the indefinite suspension of IPL 2021 due to COVID-19
Now that the first step of cancellation has been taken, the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) authorities are pondering about the consequential process of the remaining tournament. As of now, there is no immediate information if an inquest into the doomed season will take place but efforts are being made to ascertain the causes.
The causes, of course, will be for a later date but there seems to be some thinking on when and where to host the remainder of the league. So far 29 of the 60 games have been played and the BCCI is exploring the option of holding the remaining 31 games in September.
“A September window is being considered. By then the England-India series would be over and the foreign players would be ready for the T20 WC. That small window is being explored,” said a franchise official who is in know.
When contacted, Brijesh Patel, the chairman of the IPL, did not rule that out. When specifically asked what next, he said, “Now we have to look for a window. If we get one, we will explore holding it. We’ll have to see if it is possible in September. We need to examine the plans of the ICC and other boards.”
“The Board got an enormous confidence boost after conducting the Test, T20I and ODI series against England at three venues smoothly. The IPL, though, was a far bigger challenge with more teams, personnel and venues at play; but the BCCI felt that it had the infrastructure to pull it off. However, they couldn’t anticipate that the situation would worsen so much in the next 20-odd days from the start of IPL.” A BCCI source confirmed the development.