On Tuesday, the big blow hit the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) camp, when the officials announced the suspension of the tournament mid-way due to a rise in the Covid-19 cases. For safety reasons, all the players and support staff have been told to go back to their respective homes.
Since then there have been talks all-around regarding the remaining season and BCCI is looking for various venues. The county clubs from England have given an offer to BCCI to host the remaining IPL 2021.
ECB’s Offer for hosting the IPL 2021:
The MCC, Surrey, and Warwickshire, who are based at Lord’s, The Kia Oval (both London), and Edgbaston (Birmingham), respectively are understood to be part of the group who wrote to the England Cricket Board (ECB) inviting them to extend the opportunity to the BCCI. The plans would see the tournament completed in around two weeks in the second half of September.
Apart from completing the tournament, playing at the counties would help top players heading into the T20 World Cup and ensure that pitches in the UAE, where the T20 World Cup could be played if it is moved from India.
There are, however, numerous obstacles to the plan. For one thing, it is hard to predict the course of the pandemic, and there is still some time before any decision is made on the T20 World Cup being held in India. There would also be numerous quarantine issues in bringing players from around the world into the UK
The BCCI is already in talks with various other cricket boards about the IPL, all the teams and players are busy completing their international commitments. September is the only available window where the remainder can be accommodated.
Many England star players like Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, etc are dominating IPL 2021 and will be excited if IPL 2021 shifts to their country.