The 2nd phase of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is scheduled to be commencing in the third week of September. UAE will be hosting the matches for this season after concluding the successful IPL 2020 edition without any difficulties. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) will clash in the opening match, which will take place on September 19.
In this phase, a total number of 31 matches will be played over 27 days. 13 games will be held in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah, and 8 in Abu Dhabi. Dubai will host the IPL final on October 15. However, the participation from foreign players in the second phase of the IPL might be the trouble for BCCI. Australians and New Zealanders will be participating in this event. But there is yet to receive any confirmation from the England Cricket Board for their players.
In the same way, South African players seem to be doubtful to be available for the event. The South African team has to tour Sri Lanka for their limited-overs series, consisting of three ODIs and as many T20Is, and ends on September 12. It will be an easy scenario if the UAE allows them bubble to bubble transfer. But it would be a wait and watch moment for the nation.
And by any possibility, if the bubble transfer gets barred, then the likes of Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, David Miller, and Anrich Nortje might be missing the first of the few matches of rescheduled IPL 2021. At the same time, those players who will be in line to CPL will also be expected to miss the Indian Premier League 2021.
The BCCI is trying to find the middle way for the English players to take part in the tournament. Even though they have the series to play, still a central route is being searched. It would be exciting to see how phase 2 of IPL 2021 goes on.