BCCI Looking Forward To England, Australia And UAE As Venues For Phase 2 Of IPL 2021

BCCI mulls over UAE, UK, and Australia as potential venues for ‘Phase 2’ of IPL 2021. The 14th season of the Indian Premier League may have got suspended midway through the season due to multiple Covid cases but the BCCI, IPL franchises, and various stakeholders are in agreement to stage what has been dubbed as ‘Phase 2’ of the competition at some point this year. The 14th season was suspended by the BCCI on Tuesday after multiple covid cases across four different franchises rocked the competition. BCCI Have To Make Up Its Mind To Chose The Overseas Venue For IPL

BCCI Looking Forward To England, Australia And UAE As Venues For Phase 2 Of IPL 2021

BCCI mulls over UAE, UK, and Australia as potential venues for ‘Phase 2’ of IPL 2021. The 14th season of the Indian Premier League may have got suspended midway through the season due to multiple Covid cases but the BCCI, IPL franchises, and various stakeholders are in agreement to stage what has been dubbed as ‘Phase 2’ of the competition at some point this year.

The 14th season was suspended by the BCCI on Tuesday after multiple covid cases across four different franchises rocked the competition.

IPL Trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)

BCCI Have To Make Up Its Mind To Chose The Overseas Venue For IPL 2021

While one thing is certain, according to a report in Times of India, that the competition will not take place in India after what unfolded this week, the BCCI and its stakeholders are mulling at three different options.

“It has to be played overseas. Certain suggestions have already been heard. The BCCI just has to make up its mind,” top sources in the board said as quoted by TOI.

The first option that the BCCI is considering is to stage ‘Phase 2’ in the UAE before the T20 World Cup in the month of September. The Indian Team will be in England for the Test series till September 14. After the series, the Indian and England can directly move to the UAE, finish one week of quarantine, and complete the remaining 31 games before October 22- the day when ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled to start.

Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president), Manu Sawhney (ICC chief executive) and Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) pose with the T20 World Cup International Cricket Council
Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president), Manu Sawhney (ICC chief executive) and Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) pose with the T20 World Cup International Cricket Council

“If the World Cup is shifted, the whole scheduling will get re-worked anyway,” said those in the know. However, they added: “Weather will be a problem because September remains a very hot month and UAE only begins to cool down October onwards.”

The sudden postponement of the IPL, combined with the situation in the country, has forced BCCI into looking at other options for the resumption of the tournament. Last year, the BCCI hosted the entire edition of the cash-rich tournament in the Middle East, across three venues – Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai – which could serve as a potential venue this year as well.

England And Australia Are Also Good Options To Hold Stage 2 Of IPL 2021

The second option that is being explored is to stage the remaining season at the backend of the English season.

“The weather will be good for cricket. It will suit the broadcaster too because time zones can be adjusted and overseas players from outside of India and England will be willing to travel,” they added.

The third option is to barter the hosting rights of the T20 World Cup with Australia. If the Australian government relaxes its travel restrictions on India in the forthcoming months, then Cricket Australia can host the upcoming T20 World Cup followed by India in 2022.

“Cricket Australia certainly won’t mind this exchange if their government allows. And since international players will anyway arrive there for the World Cup, Perth – which is three-and-half hours ahead of Indian Standard Time – can host Phase-2 to cater to Indian prime-time,” sources said.

T20 World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)
T20 World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“This can happen only if the Australian government changes its mind and if broadcasters are willing to agree,” they add. All three options will be in play. “A new destination will infuse freshness into the league and that itself will attract viewership. England and Australia are good options,” industry sources added.

According to a report from TOI, the BCCI are also looking at Australia and the United Kingdom as two major options, especially the latter, with the Indian team touring for a long Test series. The report suggested that BCCI could host the tournament in UAE post the England tour, before the start of the World T20.

Another prime option, the United Kingdom has emerged keeping an eye on UAE being used as a host destination for the global T20 tournament, World T20. In that case, the BCCI will continue their tour to the UK, with the last leg of the IPL.

However, the BCCI believes that the 3rd option Cricket Australia won’t mind the exchange. But given that Australia has closed its borders with India, recently, it is yet to be seen if things improve between the two countries.

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Chennai Super Kings Have Flown Their Covid-19 Positive Coaches To Chennai

Chennai Super Kings have flown their coaches Michael Hussey and Laxmipathy Balaji to Chennai from Delhi. The duo tested positive for COVID-19 a few days back. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) was one of the four franchises hit by the second wave of COVID-19 earlier this week as a total of 4 cases were reported from their camp. On Monday (May 3), CSK’s bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji, their CEO Kasi Viswanathan and one of the members of their camp tested positive for the infection. Kasi Viswanathan tested negative in the second round of testing. Chennai Super Kings Decided To Bring Michael

Chennai Super Kings Have Flown Their Covid-19 Positive Coaches To Chennai

Chennai Super Kings have flown their coaches Michael Hussey and Laxmipathy Balaji to Chennai from Delhi. The duo tested positive for COVID-19 a few days back.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) was one of the four franchises hit by the second wave of COVID-19 earlier this week as a total of 4 cases were reported from their camp. On Monday (May 3), CSK’s bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji, their CEO Kasi Viswanathan and one of the members of their camp tested positive for the infection. Kasi Viswanathan tested negative in the second round of testing.

Chennai Super Kings. Image Credits: Twitter

Chennai Super Kings Decided To Bring Michael Hussey And Laxmipathy Balaji To Chennai By An Air Ambulance

A day later, it was confirmed that Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey has also contracted the virus. The sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in different camps led to the suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

CSK batting coach Mike Hussey (L), Bowling coach L Balaji (R)(HT Collage)
CSK batting coach Mike Hussey (L), Bowling coach L Balaji (R)(HT Collage)

The BCCI and IPL franchises are doing their bit possible for the safe return of the players back to their countries. Those franchises hit by COVID-19 have an extra responsibility to take care of their members who have contracted the virus. As per PTI, CSK has flown their coaches to Chennai by air ambulance.

Speaking to PTI, an official confirmed the update and said: “We decided to bring Hussey and Balaji to Chennai by an air ambulance as we have better contacts here and wanted to ensure better medical facilities in case of any need.”

As per the protocols laid down by BCCI, the positive COVID-19 members can only leave for their homes after they recover from the infection. It means an extended stay for Michael Hussey in India.

Michael Hussey Is In Chennai While Other Australians Have Flown To The Maldives

The former Australian batsman is now in Chennai while the other members of the Australian contingent have flown to the Maldives. They will land there soon. The update was confirmed by Cricket Australia, who also announced that they haven’t sought an exemption from the Australian government. Australia has banned direct and indirect flights from India till May 15.

 Delhi Capitals veteran Amit Mishra tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday (BCCI Image)
Delhi Capitals veteran Amit Mishra tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday (BCCI Image)

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Delhi Capitals (DC), and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are other franchises hit by COVID-19. SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for the infection while DC’s Amit Mishra is COVID-19 positive. KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier are also in isolation after testing positive for the infection.

Chennai Super Kings decided not to play Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday after several members tested Covid-19 positive. It is the second match to be rescheduled after Monday’s game between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kolkata Knight Riders was also postponed.

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