sport news United Arab Emirates to stage postponed Indian Premier League at the end of 2021

United Arab Emirates now poised to stage postponed Indian Premier League at the end of 2021 - as England players secure last-ditch flights out of Covid-hit Delhi The UAE is on standby to stage the recently postponed Indian Premier League  Options are being discussed for concluding the lucrative Twenty20 competition  Majority of the England contingent left at the IPL were hastily arranging their journeys home on Tuesday Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy were among those to have secured international flights from Delhi 

By Richard Gibson for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 BST, 4 May 2021 | Updated: 23:34 BST, 4 May 2021

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The postponed Indian Premier League could resume in the United Arab Emirates later this year. 

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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

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 Delhi

Jonny Bairstow was among a number of stars to have secured international flights from

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