The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is confident in hosting the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) in India, according to various reports. The mini auction for IPL 2021 has already been confirmed to take place in Chennai on February and now the tournament is all set to get underway from April 11 till June 6th or 7th, 2021.
“The final decision will be taken by IPL GC (Governing Council) but 11th April is the tentative date to start IPL 2021. The series against England finishes in March and players will get good break with 11th April start for IPL 14th,” a BCCI official told a news portal. While there is no official word yet on the IPL 2021 schedule from the BCCI, preparations for the tournament is reportedly underway.
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Arun Dhumal, who is also on the IPL Governing Council, confirmed that the board is confident that it would be able to host the 2021 edition of the cash-rich T20 league at home “We are working on having the IPL in India and we are hopeful that we would be able to organise it. We are not even thinking of a back up also at this point in time, we are wanting to do it here,” he said.
Last year, Mumbai Indians have successfully defended their IPL title and clinched their fifth trophy after thrashing Delhi Capitals by five wickets in the final in Dubai. Brilliant hostile bowling led by Trent Boult took MI to victory, now the most successful team in IPL history, chased 157 with eight balls to spare as captain Rohit Sharma hit 68. The 2020 edition of the tournament was held entirely in the UAE.
India will be hosting England for 4 Tests, 5 T20Is, and 3 ODIs from 5th February to 28th March, giving enough time for Indian players to prepare in the T20 league and to complete their commercial endorsements for their respective franchises. Earlier, a total of 139 players were retained while 57 were released ahead of the auction.
The only setback the Board is currently facing is the title sponsor as the IPL 13 title sponsor Dream11 ended its contract on 31st December. Presently, neither the IPL’s official website nor any of the IPL’s press releases carries Dream11 name or logo anymore. According to reports, BCCI are open to make a new deal with VIVO, but the current tension seems not feasible for the Chinese mobile maker’s return.
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