Yesterday the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) declared the much-anticipated plan of England’s tour of India. With the series happening in India it is almost confirmed that IPL 2021 too will be conducted in the country. England will tour India for a full-fledged tour comprising 4 Tests, 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is.
International cricket is all set to return to India before the IPL 2021 season. Due to the COVID-19 scare, BCCI has kept only 3 venues for England’s tour which may be a hint of what to expect during the next IPL season. The bilateral series between India and England will be played between February 05 to March 28 in Chennai, Pune and Ahmedabad.
BCCI Expected To Organise IPL 2021 In April- May Next Year
Now after this announcement it is assumed that IPL 2021 is likely to begin during the Indian summers in April. This year the 13th edition of the league was slated to begin from March 29 but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Later the BCCI finally decided to organise the complete league in UAE in a bio-secure bubble to protect all the players.
Meanwhile, with the England tour coming to an end on March 28, BCCI is again expected to conduct the IPL in April-May next year. The league may be played behind closed doors and the board can decide to play the entire league in maximum 3-4 venues. After the conclusion of IPL 2020, President Sourav Ganguly had already hinted that next IPL will indeed be played in India.
The state of Maharasthra consists of 3 world-class cricket stadiums and BCCI might decide to play all IPL matches in those venues. As far as the international players associated with IPL are concerned they might reach India during the last week of March to complete their quarantine period before they begin their preparation.