BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has indicated that the remaining matches of IPL 2021 will not be held in India in the current circumstances. The former team India skipper in interview with Sportstar said, "it can't happen in India, there are lots of "organisational hazards" like 14-day quarantine which is tough to handle. He also said that given how congested the international calendar is, it would be too early to predict if they will be able to find a slot to complete this year's IPL." When quizzed, if the truncated season could be completed in England after the World Test Championship final and the before the start of the five-Test series in the UK, Ganguly answered in the negative, saying that the Indian team will travel to Sri Lanka for a limited-overs series, comprising three ODIs and five T20Is in July. "No. India is supposed to go to Sri Lanka for three ODIs and five T20Is. There are lots of organisational hazards like 14-day quarantine. It can't happen in India. This quarantine is tough to handle. Too early to say how we can find a slot to complete the IPL." the former India skipper told Sportstar.
According to reports, several English county clubs, including Surrey, Warwickshire, and Lancashire, have written to the England and Wales Cricket Board expressing their willingness to host the remaining IPL matches in September. Sri Lanka Cricket have also joined the bandwagon and are keen to host the remainder of the season. Arjuna de Silva, chief of SLC, has said that they can "certainly provide a window" to host the IPL in September and their "grounds will be ready" if the lucrative league comes to their shores. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was always facing a battle against the odds when it started in April 2021. India saw a huge surge in Covid-19 cases with more infections breaking records day after day. IPL 2021 continued unscathed from its Mumbai and Chennai leg with no cases being reported among the players. But as soon as the teams reached Delhi and Ahmedabad, things started unraveling. Covid-19 broke into the bio-bubble created by the BCCI and players and support staff started getting infected. Eventually, the BCCI decided to suspend the 14th edition of IPL with players returning home soon.