During a Special General Meeting, the Board of Control for Cricket in India publicly determined that the unfinished portion of the Indian Premier League 2021 (IPL 2021) would be held in the United Arab Emirates.
The decision to hold the IPL in the UAE was widely anticipated. The BCCI and the Emirates Cricket Board have already reached an informal agreement, as Cricbuzz has reported. In light of the adverse weather in India in September-October, when it plans to host the remaining 31 IPL games, the formal decision was made on Saturday (May 29) to shift the remainder of IPL 2021 to the UAE.
The most significant barrier to hosting the Indian Premier League 2021 tournament will be the lack of International players. However, the BCCI has decided that franchises would be required to replace their line-ups with replacements from both India and beyond. The England and Wales Cricket Board has previously announced that its players will not be released for the incomplete IPL. Moreover, Cricket Australia is yet to come out with its position on the matter. A meeting with the IPL franchises will happen at some stage.
Only hurdle in conducting the Indian Premier League will be the lack of International Players.
The board has resolved to ask the International Cricket Council for more time to make a decision. They are yet to think about hosting the T20 World Cup in India until the first week of July. The ICC will meet on June 1 to decide on the topic. However, the international body may have to postpone its decision on relocating the event from October 18 to November 15. The BCCI believes that it will explore all possibilities to host it in India itself.
There were 31 matches still to be played when the IPL was postponed, including the four playoffs. There were serious questions about India hosting the second half of the IPL when it was still in the midst of the second wave of Covid-19. When he returned to Australia, Hussey expressed reservations about the T20 World Cup being staged in India.