The second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 is scheduled to commence in the UAE on September 19 and its final match will be played on October 10. However, in the meantime, a big logistical issue has arisen for the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and some other IPL franchises.
In fact, the UAE government has extended the ban on flights from India to the UAE. In the current scenario, no team can fly to the Arab country till July 21. Apart from this, the franchises will not be able to arrange for any other facility they will get in the second phase of IPL 2021.
It is worth noting that in the month of September-October, not only the IPL but many more tournaments and series are to be played on the grounds of UAE, in which the ICC T20 World Cup is another marque event.
Talking about the same topic, CSK CEO, Kashi Vishwanath said, “There is only 2 months left for the start of the second phase of IPL and due to the flight ban, any planning and other facilities have to be made regarding the tournament. It’s getting hard to see.”
Chennai Super Kings management has already started looking into hotels for the team in Dubai as the Dubai Expo 2020 will be held there which will start from 1st October. At least more than 25 million people come to see this big event and it will be a bit difficult for the franchises to find a hotel at that time. Secondly, from October 17, the ICC T20 World Cup will start in UAE and then there will be many teams that will reach UAE already. In this case, it will be a bit difficult to find a hotel somewhere.
Explaining it further, CSK CEO said, “As far as hotels are concerned, we have already started looking. So it is not a big problem for us, if BCCI confirms the date then we will seal our booking.”