Several proving grounds in England are set to act as alternate hosts for the final matches of this year’s Indian Premier League, affected by the coronavirus, according to media published on Thursday.
The ESPNCricInfo website said that MCC and Surrey, respectively in charge of London’s Lord’s and the Oval, as well as Warwickshire, based in Birmingham’s Edgbaston, were among the clubs which had applied to the England and Wales Cricket Board ( ECB) to tell the Board of Control for Cricket. in India (BCCI) that they were ready to organize IPL matches.
Such matches would likely take place in September, towards the end of the 2021 English cricket season.
The IPL, the richest Twenty20 cricket tournament in the world, was suspended on Tuesday following an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in India, where there have been more than 20 million so far infections with the virus, with just over 222,000 deaths.
The move came a day after two players – Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier – tested positive, forcing a game to be postponed.
Australian cricketers fled India for the Maldives on Thursday, but New Zealand’s top stars are stranded in Delhi until May 11, the sooner they can get exemptions to enter England where they are due to play a streak of tests.
There are 31 scheduled IPL games left to play and hosting one in England would require BCCI and ECB approval.
Such a move still seems a long way off, an ECB spokesperson telling the British Press Association: ‘We regularly talk to the BCCI about tours and other matters and we will continue to do so, but we don’t. have received no indication that they are. looking for alternative hosts for the IPL at this time. “
Last year’s IPL was held behind closed doors in the UAE for health reasons.
The resumption of the IPL in England, after the end of the Indian tour, and at a time when fans are expected to be back on British sports grounds in large numbers, can be an interesting proposition.
Returning to the UAE might not be an option if it becomes the alternate venue for the T20 World Cup in October, if India can no longer host this event as it may not be. not able to cope with such a volume of cricket.
However, travel restrictions could make it difficult for IPL support staff to enter the UK, although many prominent Indian players will already be in England due to their touring commitments.
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