English Counties Offer to Host Remainder of the IPL

English Counties Offer to Host Remainder of the IPL Photo: TT
English Counties Offer to Host Remainder of the IPL

A number of English counties have offered themselves as potential hosts for the remainder of this years IPL.

The richest franchise tournament in the world was suspended indefinitely on Monday after numerous Covid breaches were reported inside the bio-secure bubble that was meant to surround all the players, officials, broadcasters, and support staff for the tournament.

And although the official line is that it will be resumed at a later date, the likelihood that this will happen in India is regarded as slim in the extreme.

None of the foreign stars that make it so attractive to broadcasters and sponsors are likely to want to risk their health and that of their families, given the current state of the crisis facing India, and, without them, the IPL would be robbed of much of its glamour.

Instead, there has been speculation that the rest of the tournament could be held overseas, with three possible candidates emerging.

One is the UAE which staged the IPL in 2020 proving that it could be hosted within a bio-secure bubble. There is already talk that the T20 World Cup, which India is due to stage, beginning in October, will be shifted there.

A drawback though is the weather in the proposed time frame of last September, it can still be very hot in the Middle East.

Australia has also been mooted as a possible venue, but England is emerging as a third.

Many of the Indian stars will already be in the country anyway, with the test team arriving to play the WTC Final against New Zealand, and then the test series against the home nation, plus limited overs matches

That tour is due to end on September 14th, and with the weather in the UK still good enough to stage matches in late September, four counties Middlesex, Surrey, Lancashire, and Warwickshire - have all put themselves forward to stage games.

All four have test venues Lords the Oval, Old Trafford and Edgbaston which would be suitable to stage games, and, with the UK set to relax restrictive measures grounds could even be full for IPL games.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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