IPL 2021: Dubai Expo leaves Indian Premier League with little room and availability of overseas players for the IPL is at stake

The home-bound Australian contingent from the postponed 2021 edition of the IPL completed their necessary quarantine in Sydney on Monday, after spending around 10 days in the Maldives and another two weeks isolated in hotel rooms. The BCCI harbored a 38-member delegation in the Maldives as a result of the Australian government’s temporary ban on any visitors – national citizens included from India, where a record increase in COVID-19 cases led to the suspension of the IPL on May 4.

Meanwhile, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has rejected permission for its players to compete in the IPL 2021 UAE leg. The IPL franchises are sure that, with the exception of English cricketers, players from most other nations would participate. Pat Cummins, an Australian bowler, has opted not to come, but the franchises have stated that all other players, including Australians and New Zealanders, would return. The BCCI, on the other hand, is yet to inform the squad of the actual availability of foreign players.

The CEOs and managers of the Indian Premier League (IPL) clubs have encountered an unexpected stumbling block in their preparations for the league’s UAE leg: Dubai Expo. The greatest imaginable human gathering, which occurs every five years, has left the IPL managers with very little room.

With the Expo, which is set to take place from October 1 to March 31, 2022, hotel rooms in Dubai will be either costly or unavailable – more costly than unavailable. Since the BCCI announced on Saturday (May 29) that the remaining 31 IPL games will be played in September-October, club managers have been scrambling to make hotel reservations.


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