The Special General Meeting (SGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has formally decided that the unfinished part of the Indian Premier League 2021 will be held in the United Arab Emirates.
According to information trickling in from the meeting, the BCCI has decided to make the expected move to the UAE in view of the bad weather in India around September-October, when it wants to host the remaining 31 IPL games.
The BCCI also has decided to seek more time from the International Cricket Council to stage the T20 World Cup in India. The ICC has slated its meeting on June 1 to decide on the matter, but the world body may have to defer the decision on moving the October 18-November 15 tournament out of India in view of the BCCI’s request. The BCCI thinks that it will explore all possibilities to host it in India itself.
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 (ECB) in the UAE.
Meanwhile, the issue regarding payments to domestic players, who were supposed to be compensated after several tournaments were not hosted, was not discussed in the SGM. One of the associations even raised this issue for discussion but was turned down by Sourav Ganguly and Rajeev Shukla, stating that it was not part of the agenda.