Sunday, June 20, 2021

BCCI in talks with CWI to advance start of CPL to avoid clash with IPL in September

In cricket, The BCCI is trying to convince Cricket West Indies to advance the start of the Caribbean Premier League by a week or 10 days to ensure a seamless bubble-to-bubble transfer of players for the IPL’s resumption in the UAE come September.

The CPL 2021 is scheduled to get underway from August 28 with the final to be played on September 19, while the remaining part of IPL is likely to be held from September 18 to October 10, not leaving the players with any time to settle down.

If the BCCI and CWI fail to reach an agreement over dates, some of the biggest players could miss the initial few matches or may be the first half of the IPL.

The big names involved in both the T20 leagues are Mumbai Indians’ five-time IPL- winning influential all-rounder Kieron Pollard, the swashbuckling Chris Gayle, seasoned all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran, Fabien Allen, Keemo Paul, Sunil Narine and Trinidad and Tobago coach Brendon McCullum, who is also at the helm of affairs in Kolkata Knight Riders.

Meanwhile, media reports have surfaced from Australia that star bowler Pat Cummins would not be taking part in it for the Kolkata Knight Riders. According to a local daily in Australia, Cummins has made the decision clear. The decision has come after England cricket director Ashley Giles had said that the ECB are not planning to change their schedule for the IPL

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