Could Sri Lanka potentially host the remainder of IPL 2021?

Sri Lanka is among the nations vying to host the remainder of the 2021 IPL season – a move that would substantially reward the finances of Sri Lanka Cricket, need to the BCCI agree.

SLC has frequently tried to bring the IPL to its shores in past years, giving as not too long ago as in 2020, but the BCCI has preferred the UAE as a back again-up venue. As points stand, the UAE appears the frontrunner to host the remainder of the tournament all over again.

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Even though it is unclear whether SLC has formally made its grounds offered to the BCCI, the chairperson of SLC’s administration committee (which administers cricket in Sri Lanka at present), Professor Arjuna de Silva, has expressed keenness to have the rest of the IPL played in Sri Lanka in September.

The island has four floodlit venues that might match the IPL, in Khettarama (Colombo), Pallekele, Sooriyawewa and Dambulla. The initial a few of these venues have properly hosted matches in main ICC men’s tournaments.

Sri Lanka also has expertise conducting a multi-team T20 franchise tournament in the course of the pandemic, having played the five-team Lanka Leading League in October and November very last year. The IPL not only includes far more teams, even so, but will probably will need the use of far more than one venue at a time. The LPL was played exclusively at the Sooriyawewa floor.

If the BCCI does contemplate Sri Lanka as an solution, there might also be fears more than Sri Lanka’s very own worsening Covid-19 situation. Over the previous 7 days, the island has recorded pretty much 2000 daily instances – up from around three hundred in mid-April.