IPL to resume on September 19

IPL trophy
IPL trophy. Photo: Twitter/BCCI

The remaining matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was suspended in May due to COVID-19, will resume from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Sunday.

The IPL was suspended on May 4 with 31 matches left to play after several players and backroom staff tested positive for the coronavirus amid a devastating second wave of COVID-19 in India.

The BCCI announced in May that the remaining matches of the popular Twenty20 tournament would be held in the UAE in September and October.

The IPL will resume with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) playing Mumbai Indians in Dubai, before Kolkata Knight Riders face Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi the following day.

Sharjah will host its first game on September 24 when Royal Challengers Bangalore face CSK.

The first qualifier is scheduled for October 10 in Dubai, while the eliminator (October 11) and second qualifier (October 13) will be played in Sharjah.

Dubai will also host the final, which is due to be played on October 15.

The eight-team IPL, with an estimated brand value of $6.8 billion, is the richest Twenty20 league and attracts many of the best players from around the world to cricket-crazy India.

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