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IPL 2021: BCCI decides to start IPL 14 from September 19 in UAE, final on October 15

IPL 2021 to start on September 19

New Delhi, June 7: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has zeroed in on the date for the resumption of the IPL 2021 to be held in the UAE. The first game on resumption will be played on September 19 while the final will be hosted on October 15, the day India will be celebrating Dussehra.

A BCCI official said the discussions between the Indian board and the Emirates Cricket Board went well. The BCCI is confident that the remaining IPL 2021 games will be held successfully in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

"The discussions went really well and with ECB already giving us the oral nod to host the event ahead of the BCCI SGM, it was about closing the deal over the last week. The first game after the season resumes will be held on September 19 while we will have the final on October 15. The BCCI was always keen on a 25-day window to finish the remaining matches," the BCCI official told ANI.

Asked about the situation with regards to availability of the foreign players for IPL 2021, the official said talks are on and the BCCI expects positive outcomes. "The discussions have started and we are keeping fingers crossed that the foreign players will be mostly available. If a couple of them do not manage to turn up, we shall then decide on the future course of action. But keeping fingers crossed for now and hoping to have an action-packed end to the IPL 2021 in UAE," the official said.

In fact, franchises are also confident that the BCCI will engage in positive discussions with the foreign boards and make players available for the remaining games.

"What we were made aware after the BCCI SGM is that the board will be speaking to the foreign boards and check on the availability of the foreign cricketers. We are confident that the BCCI will find the best possible solution and honestly it is a matter of the BCCI officials speaking to the respective board officials, so we should wait to hear from the board on this.

"Yes, if we do end up missing some of the foreign stars, that is an area which would need some attention when it comes to picking replacements as the foreign players are also integral to the teams. Team balance can go for a toss, so keeping fingers crossed on that one," the franchise official said.

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Story first published: Monday, June 7, 2021, 14:36 [IST]
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