New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said that the IPL will be shifted to the UAE due to the monsoon in India in September. This was stated in a statement issued on Saturday in the name of BCCI Secretary Jay Shah. Care has been taken not to include even the word Kovid in the statement. The IPL had to be halted halfway through last month after many players withdrew due to Kovid’s aggravation in India.
It is alleged that Kovid was not officially notified of the change for political reasons. The BCCI had earlier said that the tournament would continue no matter who withdrew, but later changed its mind. The fact is that even though it was held in India in September, it was shifted to the UAE due to the lack of foreign players. Many players said they were ready to play if the match was in the UAE. Foreign players were outspoken about the lack of oxygen availability in India and the dire situation.
The BCCI today announced that the rest of the IPL matches will be played in the UAE. The tournament will be held in the UAE from September 19 to October 10. There are 31 matches to be played in the IPL.