IPL 2021 to Restart in UAE in September

Tournament was suspended in May

Virat Kohli India vs Australia 2013

The 2021 Indian Premier League will resume in September.

The IPL was suspended earlier this year amid a rise in coronavirus cases across India.

The rest of this season's competition will be played in the United Arab Emirates. The entire 2020 IPL was hosted by the UAE.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates, considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September and October this year,” read a brief statement from the BCCI.

The Delhi Capitals were at the top of the eight-team standings in early May, when the IPL was suspended. They have won six matches in eight attempts.

The Mumbai Indians are the reigning champions. They beat Delhi in the 2020 final. Mumbai are the most successful team in the history of the IPL with five titles.

The Chennai Super Kings have three. The Kolkata Knight Riders have two. The Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi and Punjab Kings have never won the IPL.

Potential Conflict with England v India Tests

The restart of the IPL 2021 might coincide with the end of India's Test series against England.

“I'm not aware of anything official, any requests to shift anything,” said ECB director of men's cricket Ashley Giles. “As far as we're concerned and what we're prepared for, the matches will be where they are.

I'm not surprised there's all sorts of speculation. Everyone wants to get their cricket in. But we've not received anything official and we're cracking on.

“We have a full schedule. If we go from the end of the fifth Test in September, we are set to leave for Bangladesh on September 19 or 20. We have a full schedule right through including Pakistan and wherever the T20 World Cup is.

“We are going to have to give some of these guys a break at some point. But the intention of giving guys a break for, say, Bangladesh, wouldn't be for them to go and play cricket elsewhere.

“We have to manage our schedule now, so we get our guys arriving in the best shape possible for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes.”

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