The BCCI is looking at a possible September window to the second half of IPL 2021 to be played. However, nothing is confirmed as yet as the BCCI top heads sat for a meeting to discuss about the second half of the tournament. The IPL 2021 was officially suspended till further notice earlier in the day by the BCCI.
The BCCI is doing a rethinking on where the second half of the tournament can be played. 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 player would be ready for the T20 World Cup. That small window is being explored,” said a franchise official close to BCCI sources.
Meanwhile, IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel echoed the sentiments of the BCCI saying that they are busy planning for the next window and how it can be carried out safely.
BCCI Looking For September Window To Complete IPL 2021: Brijesh Patel
“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” said Brijesh Patel.
Meanwhile, the T20 World Cup will be player later this year between October 18 to November 15 with uncertainty on the venue. With the IPL being postponed due to the rise in COVID cases India stands in a place to lose the hosting rights of the mege event.
As earlier reported by Cricbuzz, before taking the call on suspending the league, IPL and BCCI officials privately contacted franchise managers/CEO to elicit their views on the way forward for the tournament on Tuesday (May 4 morning). Rajeev Shukla, the BCCI vice-president, dialed the franchises and sought their opinions before the BCCI top brass meeting around noon on Tuesday (May 4). Most of the franchises are believed to have preferred immediate suspension of the league.
Right now the BCCI is busy planning on sending its players back home safely to their family members.