IPL 2021 Postponed: All you need to know about BCCI’s back-up plan

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On Monday afternoon, two players were believed to have tested positive for the coronavirus, putting the IPL 2021 season in jeopardy.

The BCCI officials and members of the IPL Governing Council were struggling to come up with a plan to save the second half of the season.

However, new lawsuits involving two more players from separate teams emerged over the next 24 hours, which acted as the final nail in the coffin.

It was quickly revealed that the season would be postponed.

Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep were the first two players who tested covid postive. ( Image credit: Twitter)

We attempt to answer all of the burning questions about the ill-fated season here.

Is the IPL 2021 being delayed or cancelled?

The season has been officially delayed, but with no window open in the near future and coronavirus restrictions around the world, it is unlikely that it will restart either soon or this year.

There is, nevertheless, still hope.

So keep your fingers crossed.

When and where would it be possible to resume?

There are rumours that the rest of the IPL 2021 might be crammed in between the end of the India tour and the start of the T20 World Cup, which would mean the second half of September and the first half of October. If everything goes well in India then might be in India otherwise UAE is in standby.

But, once again, these are all guesses.

Are there any consequences from this decision?

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In the second half of 2021, India will host the Men’s T20 World Cup.

It will most likely start around the middle of October.

Hopefully, the tournament will remain in India if the situation improves by then. But recent reports indicate that the UAE has already been asked to remain on standby.

And, with a tournament of the magnitude of the IPL having been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. Participants may be reluctant to visit India.

World Cup, like IPL, is a multi-team competition of players from all over the world.

The BCCI will have to not only make foolproof plans, but also persuade other boards to send their players and support staff to India. As they are aware of what has occurred in IPL 2021.

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