BCCI looking to hold the remaining IPL games in UK

The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League was postponed on May 4 for an indefinite period after multiple cases were reported from different teams.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking to capitalize at every single opportunity to complete the suspended IPL 2021, including the English counties offer to host the remaining games.

The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League was postponed on May 4 for an indefinite period after multiple cases were reported from different teams.

Meanwhile, a report published in TOI claims that IPL broadcasters Star India is also in favor of conducting the now-postponed tournament in the UK.

“UK is a relatively costlier destination. But on the flip side, the UK government is allowing crowds for sports events. That means, franchises can earn from gate money and that will subsidize costs. As of now, this is how the BCCI is seeing it”, sources tracking developments told TOI.

BCCI will reportedly take a final call on the shifting of the T20 World Cup 2021 outside India after June. If UAE gets the hosting rights for the same then UK shall continue to be the next option for holding the IPL.

“Only if costs are escalating to a point where it starts affecting stakeholders, the BCCI will consider the UAE as the second option for the IPL. On that front, we aren’t even discounting the idea of hosting the IPL in Sri Lanka,” sources added, terming the island country “a friendly cricketing nation”.

According to TOI, one of the major reasons for IPL moving to UK is, “BCCI and the ECB are in discussions to tweak the five-Test series. Details of those discussions aren’t public yet. But in whichever manner the ECB agrees to tweak the Test series, they will want the IPL in England because the counties can earn from it. There’ll be a good chance of a quid pro quo”.

The IPL 2021 season witnessed only 29 games being held in four venues – Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Delhi. With 31 matches still left to be played all the stakeholders are keen to complete the cash-rich tournament.

“So, everything will move in that direction. The IPL has to be completed and there is no doubt about it,” sources said.

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