IPL 2021: BCCI State unit officials get invitation to watch 2nd qualifier, final in UAE

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The IPL 2021 final is slated for October 25 in Dubai
The IPL 2021 final is slated for October 25 in Dubai.

The presidents and secretaries of the State cricket bodies have received an invitation to watch the Indian Premier League 2021 second qualifier and the final in the UAE. The invitation has been extended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Jay Shah.

The BCCI has invited the presidents and the secretaries of its affiliated units to watch qualifier 2 and the summit clash of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah, in the letter to invite the State body officials, has stated that “this is an ideal time to catch up” as the domestic season is getting underway.

“Let us meet in Sharjah for the Qualifier 2 and then again for the grand final in Dubai. We have chalked out an itinerary for you and my team will ensure you have an extremely pleasant stay,” wrote Shah in the letter.

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The second phase of the IPL is approaching the business end with teams involved in a tight race for the playoffs.

The Qualifier is scheduled for October 13 while the final will be played on October 15.

The BCCI secretary also said that getting the remainder of the IPL in UAE was “a blessing in disguise” since it is helping the players prepare for the T20 World Cup.

The T20 World Cup will begin on October 17 in Oman and the UAE.

The IPL 2021 second leg was organised in the UAE amidst Covid-19 concerns in India.

The league was earlier in April suspended indefinitely after the highly-infectious Covid virus had breached the protection bubbles. In a span of several days, players, support staff, franchisee management and ground staff were reported positive for the novel coronavirus infection.

The Covid cases were reported despite a blanket ban on spectators during the matches and the teams, staff, broadcast and officials were moving in a strict bio-security bubble.

A sense of fear among players and officials and Covid concerns had compelled the cancellation of the league at the midway mark.

The last season of the IPL was also played in the UAE in a bio-bubble with no match access for the spectators.

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