Cricket West Indies (CWI), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) have appeared on the same page and decided to prepone CPL 2021 to accommodate the second half of IPL 2021.
A couple of days back, BCCI had made a request to the CPL organisers to prepone the tournament by a week to avail the West Indies cricketers in IPL 2021 in the UAE. CWI has responded to the same and preponed the tournament by two days.
CPL 2021 which was originally scheduled to commence on August 28th will now be played in St Kitts and Nevis between August 26 and September 15. All 33 matches of the tournament will be played at Warner Park with a cap of 50% capacity for vaccinated spectators.
President of Cricket West Indies, Ricky Skerritt stated that it is important that all boards should work together in these difficult times to survive the risks and costs of COVID-19.
“Both IPL and CPL are important to CWI, to our cricketers and to fans. CWI’s role was to facilitate arrangements for a non-overlapping and smooth transition from one tournament to the next,” Skerritt said.
Cricket administrators must collaborate if cricket is to survive the risks and costs of Covid-19,” he added.
Second half of IPL 2021 to take place from September 19
If reports are to be believed true, the IPL 2021 is likely to resume from September 19 in the UAE with the final expected to take place on October 14. The IPL-bound Indian cricketers will head straight to the UAE after the UK tour gets over on September 14.
The cricketers will travel from one bubble to another so there will be no need for isolation and the players can reunite with the respective franchises.
BCCI are yet to release the revised schedule for the remainder of IPL 2021.