IPL 2021: England players to be available for UAE leg, confirms BCCI
The Indian Premier League 2021 would resume next month in the United Arab Emirates, while the BCCI has confirmed the availability of the English players.
The 2021 Indian Premier League is all set to resume in the United Arab Emirates from September 19. The season started in India in April but was suspended following multiple COVID cases in the team bubbles.
As the Board of Control for Cricket in India had announced plans for the tournament remainder to be played in the UAE, there were doubts regarding the participation of English players and a few Bangladeshis, as England was scheduled to tour Bangladesh. However, that tour has been postponed until 2023, leaving enough room for the English players to participate in IPL 2021 and prepare for ICC World T20 2021 in the gulf itself.
Speaking to ANI, a source said that the confirmation regarding the participation of the English players in IPL 2021 had been received from the England and Wales Cricket Board. It reportedly happened after BCCI secretary Jay Shah held discussions with ECB and also the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
According to Nizamuddin Chowdhury (BCB CEO), he told Bangladesh daily Prothom Alo that both sides play quite some cricket ahead of the WT20, thus making sense to reschedule England's Bangladesh tour after the global event. Meanwhile, ECB has reported that the tour has now been rescheduled to March 2023.
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