The BCCI, during its Special General Meeting, formally decided that the unfinished part of the Indian Premier League 2021 will be held in the United Arab Emirates.
The move to stage the IPL in the UAE was largely expected. As reported earlier, the BCCI has already had an informal agreement with the Emirates Cricket Board. The formal decision was taken on Saturday (May 29) to move the remainder of IPL 2021 to the UAE – in view of the bad weather in India around September-October, when it wants to host the remaining 31 IPL games.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said during the SGM that the BCCI is ‘positive’ of getting the tax exemption for the World Cup from the Indian government.
The IPL was postponed after 29 games, when Covid entered the bubble. It is set for a restart after India’s five-match Test series in England that concludes on September 14. With India reeling under the second wave of the pandemic, there’s a question mark over organising the T20 World Cup in India as well, but as the BCCI said, the members expressed optimism. The BCCI will communicate its decision to the ICC ahead of its Board meeting on June 1.
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