The BCCI earlier in the day announced that the remaining IPL 2021 season will be played in the UAE. In its statement to the media, the board said that the reason they decided to shit the remaining season to the UAE was to avoid the monsoon season in India. Meanwhile, earlier this month, the Sourav Ganguly-led panel decided to suspend the season due to COVID-19. India is the country with the highest number cases and also the highest mortality rate due to COVID.
Meanwhile, the Twitterverse was shocked as to why the BCCI did not mention the actual reason behind the change of venue for the remaining season. The board also asked more time from the ICC to come to a decision on hosting the T20 World Cup later this year between October-November.
The BCCI in a release said, “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year.”
Meanwhile, this is how Twitter reacted to BCCI’s announcement.
They are moving the IPL to UAE because of monsoon in India?
Meanwhile, COVID: pic.twitter.com/7DuE0Yi2mw
— Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) May 29, 2021
BCCI claiming it’s the monsoon season behind moving the IPL to the UAE. Not COVID, the monsoon season. pic.twitter.com/HfC8e79sPT
— Daniel Cherny 📰 (@DanielCherny) May 29, 2021
Reason BCCI shifting IPL to UAE because they fear monsoon season in India in the months September – October 🤣😭
— Sai (@akakrcb6) May 29, 2021
Monsoon scare is bigger than the pandemic for IPL
— Amol Karhadkar (@karhacter) May 29, 2021
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO IPL 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates considering the monsoon season in India in the months of Sept-Oct this year.
Lol in details they have actually mentioned monsoon😂 https://t.co/i7rXkgwBEr
— Raider (@RPrincexv) May 29, 2021
BCCI is saying they have moved IPL due to monsoon season and not due to Covid19. 😭😭😭 Corona and black fungus should be offended. https://t.co/wna9G6uPhP
— Manya (@CSKian716) May 29, 2021
— Siddhant (@CricSidd) May 29, 2021
They renamed the pandemic to monsoon.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@SachinAzharCT) (@ovshake42) May 29, 2021
IPL 2021 will run likely from September 19 to October 10. The remaining 31 matches of IPL 2021 will be split into 10 double headers, 7 single headers, and 4 playoffs, which will be fit into the 21-day window the BCCI hopes to create before the ICC T20 World Cup.
The decision was reached after the BCCI officials came together to a unanimous decision on the same in the meeting. However, the IPL resumptions date is not announced yet and the BCCI has asked a little more time from the ICC to decide on hosting the T20 World Cup later this year.