The remaining matches of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) are to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19 but before the second phase of IPL 2021, the eight franchises of the tournament have found themselves in a bit of trouble.
Actually, the reason behind this is that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has issued a deadline for eight teams to submit their final team.
The BCCI has set August 20 as the deadline for all the eight teams of IPL 2021 to submit their squad list. Some franchises are waiting for players from Australia and England to be approved for their participation in the cash-rich T20 league to be held in September-October.
However, earlier CA and ECB had said that it is up to the players whether they want to participate in the IPL or not.
Speaking to InsideSport, a franchise official said, “We have to send the team by August 20, but I cannot confirm whether all foreign players will be available. We are still in talks with some players. Good point.
It is that the T20 World Cup will take place in the UAE and this gives us confidence that all players will be available, but we are still waiting for the final confirmation of some players."
Chennai Super Kings is the only team that has its own full team. Rajasthan Royals are in trouble as the participation of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes in the league after Jofra Archer is still under doubt. England has a busy international schedule this year.
After the T20 World Cup, he will tour Australia for the Ashes and then tour the West Indies. In such a situation, the players can take a rest or the board can also give them rest.
Another franchise official said, "Yes, BCCIs delay in officially responding played a part in last-minute trouble. We have been hearing about players availability in the news, but BCCI has officially announced the release in August. I have confirmed it only.
So the deadline of August 20 is a bit early for us, but if it is the norm, we will follow that."