The Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) on Sunday announced the schedule for the remaining season of VIVO IPL 2021 which, as said earlier, will be held in the United Arab Emirates.
A total of 31 matches will be played across three different venues of UAE in a duration of 21 days to complete the remaining schedule of the Indian Premier League, IPL 2021. This will feature the successful completion of the 14th season of the IPL.
As we know already, this season of the Indian Premier League was abruptly suspended due to the increasing severity of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in India. The event was suspended midway on the 4th of May by the Board of Control for Cricket in India and it will now resume on the 19th of September. The venues for the rest of the league are Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi.
As per the schedule, the event will continue with a blockbuster opener clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in Dubai. The action will then continue in Abu Dhabi where Kolkata Knight Riders will face Royal challengers Bangalore and remarkably, Sharjah will be hosting its first-ever match on the 24th of September which will witness a clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings.
Of all the 31 matches to be held, 13 matches will be held in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah, and finally, 8 in Abu Dhabi. Following the same previous timings, two matches will be held in a day with the first match starting at 3:30 p.m. IST and the evening match will start at 7:30 p.m. IST which is 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM respectively according to the Gulf Standard time.
Coming to the playoffs, the 1st Qualifier match will be played in Dubai on the 10th of October while the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 will be played in Sharjah on 11th & 13th October, respectively. The final match of the VIVO IPL 2021 will be hosted in Dubai on 15th October this year.
It is believed that despite the ongoing pandemic, BCCI has weighed its option of conducting the rest of the season in India but has to withdraw the wish as India will experience monsoons in September and October which could harness the smooth conduction of the remaining of the matches.
The suspension of the IPL has left the fans in shock in the month of May. However, after taking control of the current situation, the decision to resume this IPL season by BCCI is set to entertain cricket fans once again in September.
See the remaining schedule of the VIVO IPL 2021 here: VIVO IPL 2021 UAE Schedule