The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 auction date may be out, but when it comes to planning their bidding war tactics, the franchises are still not 100 percent sure. The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) has yet to finalize where the T20 league will take place. Although the Covid-19 situation in India seems to be well under control, if they are forced to take the league out just like last season, the board has reportedly retained UAE as the back-up venue.
In terms of fielding an ideal XI in the UAE, quite a few franchises faced difficulties as the conditions at the venues in the Middle Eastern countries varied from their designated home venues, based on which the franchises had designed their teams.
In particular, Chennai Super Kings seem to have been hurt the most as they couldn’t field spinners like Imran Tahir and Mitchell Santner in the XI, although when the IPL 2019 was held in India, the former was one of their go-to players.
The BCCI is open to organizing the league in the UAE again, having had all the logistics in place, as per a study in the Times of India, while India remains the choice.
“A call on the venue is likely to be taken after the mini-auction on Feb 18. BCCI is looking at all options. Hosting the IPL in India is always the priority but the logistics need to be checked. UAE is still an option since the logistics are more or less in place there. BCCI had also signed an MoU and hosting agreement with the Emirates Cricket Board in September,” a senior BCCI official told TOI.
“Franchises have historically picked squads based on the conditions they are going to play in. As of now, nothing has been ruled out. UAE is still very much an option. BCCI is yet to communicate with the franchises about the venues,” a senior franchise official told TOI.