Friday, 3 December 2021

England grounds consider role as IPL stand-in

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LONDON – Several Test grounds in England are ready to act as stand-in hosts for the concluding matches of this year s coronavirus-hit Indian Premier League, according to media reports published Thursday.

The ESPNCricInfo website said MCC and Surrey, in charge of London s Lord s and the Oval respectively, together with Warwickshire, based at Birmingham s Edgbaston, were among clubs who had asked the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to tell the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that they were prepared to stage IPL matches.

Any such fixtures would probably take place in September, towards the end of the 2021 English cricket season.

The IPL, the world s richest Twenty20 cricket tournament, was suspended on Tuesday following a surge in Covid-19 cases in India, where there have been more than 20 million infections from the virus so far, with just over 222,000 deaths.

That decision came a day after two players – Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier – tested positive, forcing a match to be postponed.

Australian cricketers fled India for the Maldives Thursday, but New Zealand s top stars are stuck in Delhi until May 11, the earliest they can secure exemptions to enter England where they are due to play a Test series.

There are 31 scheduled IPL fixtures still to be played and staging any of them in England would require both BCCI and ECB approval.

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