Agrees to change dates as requested by BCCI: CPL

Caribbean Premier League

The Board of Control for Cricket Indian (BCCI) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) have agreed that both the Indian Premier League (IPL) and therefore the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) can happen without one overlapping into the opposite. The organizers of the CPL have acceded to an invitation of the BCCI and advanced the dates of the CPL so that the IPL schedule is often squeezed within the limited window available after September 14, when the Indian team is going to be free from the England tour.

The new arrangement was prescribed by the BCCI and CPL authorities after Jay Shah called the CPL COO Pete Russell. The BCCI secretary has also spoken to his counterparts within the CWI, following which the Caribbean cricket authorities have agreed to tweak the CPL schedule. “CWI is doing our greatest to assist facilitate a smooth transition from CPL to IPL, without a conflicting overlap,” Ricky Skerritt, the president of CWI.

CPL now will happen from August 25 to September 15, enabling the IPL to restart the unfinished league around September 18-19. Originally, the CPL was to require place from August 28 to September 19. On April 27, the CPL had stated that the tournament of 33 games will get underway on August 28 in St Kitts & Nevis.

The tournament may even start on August 26, so that there’s quite a 24-hour gap between West Indies’ second Test against Pakistan and therefore the start of the CPL — the Test ends on August 24. The CPL is predicted to return up with the revised schedule soon.

The CPL authorities also are preparing the logistics. The West Indies players will move from the national bubble to their respective franchise bubbles, a bit like those participating within the Hundred in the UK. The new 100-ball tournament in England is scheduled to finish on August 21 and therefore the CPL-bound players are going to be relieved of quarantine on arrival within the Caribbean. They too will have the bubble-to-bubble transfer facility.

St Kitts is virtually a Covid free island and it’s willing to increase liberal quarantine rules for those coming with two vaccine shots. Those without vaccines and not coming from a bio-bubble may need to undergo isolation for five days.

The BCCI, meanwhile, is trying to plug a couple of more loose ends before it announces the dates of the remaining 31 IPL games, which can be played in the UAE.

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