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IPL 2021 Resume date: BCCI has confirmed that the postponed IPL 2021 will resume with a clash between the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) on September 19, sources have confirmed.

BCCI announces IPL 2021 Resume date

The first match of the remainder of the season will be played in Dubai. Earlier this year, BCCI had been forced to postpone the IPL after multiple players and support staff tested positive for Covid-19.

After the season was halted, the BCCI had in a press release stated, “The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting have unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect…The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff, and the other participants involved in organizing the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health, and well-being of all the stakeholders in mind.”

Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni
Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni

CSK keen to reach UAE earlier

Kasi Viswanathan has confirmed that the Chennai Super Kings, who were second in IPL 2021 points table, are keen to reach the UAE early and have even told the BCCI about the same. While a Delhi Capitals official also confirmed that they also want to make it to Dubai around the same time as the CSK.

“We want to be there by August 15, latest by 20th and we have informed the BCCI that we want to be there by then. We are hoping to get the required permissions, without which the logistical plans will be difficult to execute,” said CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan, reported Cricbuzz

The 31 remaining matches will be played at three venues — Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah — with Dubai set to host the final on October 15. While Dubai will host the first qualifier on October 10, the eliminator and second qualifier will be played in Sharjah on October 11 and 13 respectively.