We are just 2 matches away from the end of this edition’s Indian Premier League (IPL). IPL 2020 has been a major success despite the COVID-19 pandemic and all the other issues which had to be tackled. The tournament was delayed this year due to COVID-19 pandemic and with ever rising cases in India, it had to be shifted to the UAE. Also, with the delay in this season, BCCI is left with very little time to prepare for the 14th edition of the T20 extravaganza. Various speculations are being made over the next IPL season. So will there be an IPL 2021? Will it be conducted in India? What about India’s international and domestic schedule? BCCi president Sourav Ganguly has opened up and has given an offical confirmation about IPL 2021.
The BCCI President has confirmed that the 2021 edition will take place in the normal April-May window next year. He also hinted at the possibility of the competition taking place in India. Moreover, he has also confirmed that the England will also tour India and the bio-bubble will be created for the same to take place. Yeah, absolutely. April, May we’ll have another one [IPL 2021 season]. No, no it’s not true [the speculations]. The UAE was only for the IPL. Yeah, yeah. We will host England in India. We will host the domestic cricket in India. Ranji Trophy, we will create bio bubble and we will do it. “We’ll be fine. ISL starting in November in Goa, we’ll be fine. The scare, that is not there anymore and the IPL has helped a lot. [have taken ] 16 tests covid tests (laughs), so far being good,” Ganguly said while speaking to India Today. This means that IPL 2021 is less than 6 months away, this would be the first time in the history of the league that 2 edition’s take place in a gap of less than 6 months.
Ganguly also spoke about the quality of IPL and how it has brought about a change in the dynamics of cricket and how people perceive T20 cricket in a different way because of IPL. Yeah absolutely, it’s the quality of cricket [in the IPL], it’s the madness about cricket in this country. It’s the fans who actually make it successful. And the competition. It’s the quality of player, you go around and see the leagues in the world and I respect them, but this is different [the IPL],” he added.