By Richard Gibson for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 BST, 4 May 2021 | Updated: 23:34 BST, 4 May 2021
The postponed Indian Premier League could resume in the United Arab Emirates later this year.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Within hours of the plug being pulled on the lucrative Twenty20 competition due to an escalation in Covid-19 cases inside the tournament’s biosecure bubble, talk turned to where the remaining matches would be slotted into a crammed 2021 calendar.
As England’s 11 remaining IPL players scrambled to return home on flights into London, whispers emerged of the competition being completed in the UK immediately after India’s tour here this summer. However, the UAE is a much likelier destination if it is to leave India for safety reasons.
The postponed Indian Premier League could resume in the United Arab Emirates later this year
As Sportsmail revealed last month, the Emirates is the standby venue for the 16-country Twenty20 World Cup in October-November should the ICC decide India is unsatisfactory.
And the value of completing the IPL in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah from late September onwards would be that the world’s best T20 players would be in position and match-ready for the global event.
Unlike India — which recently revealed nine host cities for the T20 World Cup — playing in the UAE would eliminate air travel between matches, thus reducing the risk of Covid being contracted from outside team environments.
However, such a solution would not be without its headaches for the ECB, who promised the BCCI their centrally-contracted players would feature for the full IPL this year.
Jonny Bairstow was among a number of stars to have secured international flights from