The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League has been postponed as the country battles the second COVID-19 wave. With the IPL suspension, a big revelation has come out about the organization of the tournament.
The governing council of the IPL had advised the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to hold this year's IPL in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to covid threat. The council's advice was given a week before the start of the tournament, keeping in mind the deteriorating situation in India due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it has come to light that the BCCI reckoned that IPL 2021 can be conducted in India.
Following the successful series against England in India, the BCCI did not paid heed to the advice given by the IPL's governing council. The BCCI had taken a stand that the IPL, like the series against England, would be successfully held in India. Before the start of the IPL, England had toured India for a bilateral T20I, Test and ODI series
Meanwhile, the IPL tournament was held in the UAE last year on the backdrop of the Corona. The last IPL season was successfully held from September 19, 2020 to November 10, 2020 in three places, Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
"The first option before the IPL's governing council was to hold this year's IPL in the UAE. But at that time BCCI did not show interest in it.
“UAE was always the first choice of the IPL GC for this year’s tournament. But nobody in the BCCI showed the urgency to take the step. The officials kept waiting for each other to make the first move and eventually the proposal was shot down,” a source, on conditions of anonymity, was quoted as saying in The Times of India.