IPL 2021: 3 possible options for BCCI to host the last leg of IPL
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has called off the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League after the rising number of cases in the competition.
Delhi Capitals' experienced spinner Amit Mishra, KKR's mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, Sunrisers Hyderabad's wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman were the recent prey for the deadly virus.
After considering the ongoing situation, BCCI come up with an official confirmation on the Twitter handle and wrote "UPDATE: The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season with immediate effect."
They will be planning to reschedule the competition before or after the ICC World Test Championship which is going to commence on Jule 18. So, let us have a look at the 3 possibilities that BCCI can host the rest of the games in IPL.
3. Organize IPL in Mumbai after a 10-day break
After getting reports from other sources, BCCI is thinking to host the rest of the competition at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Moreover, it might take some time as players from KKR and CSK camp have already become the prey for the deadly virus.
But they have a conduct a 10-day break for all the teams before starting the game. This break will give enough time to BCCI to create the Bio bubble for the players.
In addition to that, the players have to undergo the mandatory 7-day quarantine before entering the Bio-bubble and have to get a negative result for Covid-19. So, Mumbai would be a good option for BCCI to conduct the last leg of the IPL.
2. Host IPL in June and postpone the ICC World Test Championship to July
Another option for BCCI is to postpone the ICC Test Championship by requesting to ICC and can organize the Indian Premier League in June.
But it is not an easy job for BCCI to convince ICC as they already scheduled the India and New Zealand final on June 18. Moreover, they have one more problem in June.
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has already been postponed to this month due to the outgoing problems of Covid-19. However, they can give an extra option to the players who were common in both the leagues.
They can leave the choice to the players to choose which league they are willing to play. This will help BCCI to conduct the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League without any problems.
1. Shift IPL to UAE before the T20 World Cup
It will be a good option for BCCI to host the Indian Premier League likewise the previous season in UAE. They have to make the arrangements to shift the cash-rich contest before the ICC T20 World Cup which is expected to commence in October.
BCCI can have some words with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) about the ICC World Test Championship finals against India and New Zealand.
They would get some time to play some games among them as they don't have many games in August month. Moreover, the T20 World Cup might be scheduled for UAE or other countries after witnessing the rising number of Covid-19 cases in India.
Meanwhile, the Indian board can organize the IPL a few weeks before the T20 World Cup. Likewise other options, BCCI can consult with the ECB to go through the plans they made.