Why IPL 2021 should be played in England in September? Kevin Pietersen explains
The Indian Premier League 2021 has been postponed indefinitely due to multiple COVID breaches in the team bubble. As for the potential venues to host the remainder of the tournament, England has extended its helping hand, while Kevin Pietersen reasons why it should be held in the UK.
The 2021 Indian Premier League stands suspended at the moment. It has been postponed indefinitely due to the unfortunate breaches in the team bubbles, while new players are getting diagnosed for being COVID positive regularly.
Meanwhile, it was reported on Friday that England has considered hosting the remainder of the tournament in September. While the Board of Control for Cricket in India is yet to take a call, the United Arab Emirates seems to be the frontrunner for now.
In the meantime, former English batsman Kevin Pietersen feels that England would be the ideal place to host the glamorous tournament at that time of the year. He reckons that since India would have already played six Tests in the United Kingdom around that time, it would serve as the perfect place for the Indians to play the event there, as they would be pretty accustomed to the conditions there.
"I have seen people talking about the UAE as a possible destination to finish the IPL in September, but I actually think the IPL should move to the UK. There is a window in September after the England vs India Test series has finished. All the best Indian players would already be there, and all of the best English players would be available as well," wrote Pietersen for Betway.
"Mid-to-late September is the most beautiful time in the UK. They could use Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and the two London grounds. There is also a good chance that crowds will be allowed in the grounds and there will be great atmospheres. The IPL has been to the UAE; it's been to South Africa, and I think England would now be the perfect place to house the remaining fixtures," he added.
As of now, MCC (Lord's), Surrey (The Oval), Warwickshire (Edgbaston, Birmingham) and Lancashire (Old Trafford, Manchester) are the ones who have written to England and Wales Cricket Board, extending their support. The topic was discussed during the virtual International Cricket Council meeting on Thursday, while an official request is expected to be sent to the BCCI soon.
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