New CPL schedule revealed with changes to cater remainder of IPL


The latest edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), originally scheduled on August 28, is set to commence on August 26, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced. Last month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and CWI has come to an agreement to move the CPL to give way to the resumption of the virus-postponed Indian Premier League (IPL).

The 2021 edition of the tournament comprises 33 matches, all of which will be hosted at Warner Park. Skerritt as per the original plan added that they would also soon finalize the guidelines for the franchises to be part of the bio-secure bubble. It will start with Guyana Amazon Warriors locking horns with Trinbago Knight Riders in the opening game.

Under unusual circumstances and a tightly-knit schedule, each match day of CPL 2021 will be a double-header day barring a triple-header day on September 12 and the final match on September 15. Both the semifinals will take place on September 14 with the tournament concluding on September 15. It means, finalists won’t even get a one-day rest before the final match.

Meanwhile, the BCCI wanted to conduct the remainder of IPL in September but was not able to decide a date due to CPL and India’s tour to England.  The IPL 2021 will be completed in the UAE in September and October. The UAE has previously hosted the cash-rich T20 tournament in 2014 and the entire 2020 edition during the first outbreak of COVID-19 in India.

At the time the IPL was suspended, there were still 31 matches, including the four playoffs, left to be played. The Indian Board is set to implement the same protocols that were drafted for the 2020 edition, while franchises are being asked to come up with plans on how to make their players available. In cases where players are not available, the board will hear “requests” from franchises to allot replacements.

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