IPL 2021 to be hosted in UAE but foreign players are still a concern

As we all know that IPL 2021 was suspended on 3rd May. It was the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The match was postponed due to COVID-19 cases. Later, the whole tournament was suspended as many players and staff in the biosecure bubble tested positive for coronavirus. There was already trouble as many players started leaving the tournament and going back to their homes. Most of the players were from Australia. As Australian government had announced that they will not allow any person from India to come there because of the rising cases in India.

Players like Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson, and many others left the tournament in between. Rajasthan Royal’s Liam Livingstone was the first player who left the tournament. India’s attacking spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also left the tournament to support his family in the COVID-19 crisis. The IPL fans were already disappointed with this and then they got the news of the suspension of IPL.

Now, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a virtual meeting finalized that the remaining Indian premier league (IPL) matches will be played in UAE. In the meeting, it was also decided that they will keep a window till July before considering the next move as well as the availability of foreign players. BCCI has told that it will contact all the foreign boards regarding the foreign player’s availability. They will also consider the replacement of any players if needed.

The BCCI also had a conversation with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) about hosting the remaining tournament of the IPL 14th edition. ECB portrayed that they are happy to host the remaining matches in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi just like the last time.

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