13 May, New Delhi, India (ANI): Manoj Badale, owner of the Rajasthan Royals, stated on Thursday that it will be difficult to reschedule the postponed Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 because most clubs have already committed to their overseas schedules.
The IPL 2021 season was put on hold on May 4 as a result of an increase of Covid-19 instances. Rajasthan Royals held the fifth rank with 6 points after 7 games before to the suspension. “I think the challenge is just finding space and calendar. The players are already playing too much cricket. The calendars are incredibly packed, and particularly this year after COVID-19, boards from around the world are trying to get as many competitions and as many Test matches in as possible,” said Badale in a webinar organised by Rajasthan Royals.
“I think it’s going to be a real challenge. There’s a possibility. I think it’s a small possibility of something in September in the UK or possibly something in the Middle East, either side of the T20 World Cup, but I think it’s going to be a real challenge,” he added.
The managing director of the England men’s team, Ashley Giles, earlier made a suggestion that if the IPL is postponed until later this year, some of the Three Lions’ players would not be available for the remaining matches.
“We’ve got a full FTP schedule. So if those tours to Pakistan and Bangladesh [in September and October] are going ahead, I’d expect the players to be there,” ESPNcricinfo had quoted Giles as saying.
“The New Zealand scenario was very different. Those Test matches were formalised at the end of January, by which time all those contracts and NOCs [no objection certificates] were signed for full involvement in the IPL,” he further said.
Giles claimed that England’s summer calendar is “incredibly busy” and that the administration wants to take care of its players. Moreover, a five-match Test series between India and England is scheduled to take place in the UK this year. August would be when the series would start. (ANI)
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