Remainder of IPL 2021 can't happen in India: Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly
BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly. File photo

New Delhi: The remainder of the suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) season will have to be played outside the country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said, though it is unclear whether a window can be found to play the outstanding 31 games.

The popular Twenty20 league was suspended indefinitely last week after several personnel tested positive for COVID-19. India reported 366,161 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, taking the caseload to 22.66 million.

Sourav Ganguly, head of the BCCI, told Sportstar magazine that COVID-19 restrictions meant it was impossible to stage the remaining games in India.

"There are lots of organisational hazards like 14-day quarantine. It can't happen in India," Ganguly said.

"This quarantine is tough to handle. Too early to say how we can find a slot to complete the IPL."

Warwickshire, Surrey and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) are keen to host the remaining matches in September, but a BCCI official told Reuters on Friday they were yet to discuss the offer.

The entire 2020 tournament was played in the United Arab Emirates because of the pandemic.

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