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BCCI announces schedule for IPL 2021 Phase 2

T20 tournament postponed in May after biosecure bubble was burst.

26 July 2021 Tom King
  • 31 matches will be played over 27 days
  • PCB to seek new T20 broadcast and commercial partners

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed the timetable for the remainder of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL), which will be held in the UAE later this year.

The 14th season of the leading franchise Twenty20 cricket competition, which was postponed in May this year due to the pandemic’s surge across India, will resume on the 19th September in Dubai with a clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

The IPL will then shift to Abu Dhabi where the Kolkata Knight Riders will play Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sharjah will host its first game on the 24th September when Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Chennai Super Kings.

A total number of 31 matches will be played over 27 days, 13 matches will be held in Dubai, ten in Sharjah and eight in Abu Dhabi. Dubai will host the IPL final on 15th October.

Elsewhere, following the completion of the 2021 Pakistan Super League (PSL), its franchises have agreed that the seventh edition will be held in January and February 2022.

The Twenty20 tournament will also have fresh broadcast and commercial partners after the previous deals concluded this year after a three-year run. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it is working on a new framework for the evaluation of the rights and their subsequent sale. In the last rights cycle, the PCB secured a broadcast deal, worth approximately US$36 million.


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