CPL nods to change the dates on BCCI’s request
BCCI and Cricket West Indies have come into an agreement under which CWI will make changes in the dates of the CPL to prevent it from overlapping with the IPL schedule. This agreement took place when dates of IPL and CPL were overlapping. And BCCI requested the CWI to advance the dates of the CPL so that the IPL can be conducted smoothly.
Indian premier league is expected to start after 14 sep when India will be free from the England tour. The BCCI is looking to conduct the remaining matches of the IPL in that window.
This has been agreed upon by the BCCI and CWI that CWI will conduct the CPL a few days earlier so that it can end way before the IPL begins. Even the BCCI secretary Jay shah has spoken to the CWI authorities to make the changes in the dates of the CPL following which they have agreed to tweak the dates so that both IPL and CPL can take place without the conflict of dates. “ We both (IPL and CPL) are putting the efforts to facilitate the smooth completion of the tournaments. We have agreed to certain provisions that will avoid the conflicts of the dates between the IPL and CPL,” said Rickey Sherrit, president of the CWI.
CPL will now take place from Aug 25 to Sep 15 that will allow the sufficient time to the west indies players to participate in the IPL whose first match is expected to be played around 18-19 sep. Earlier, CPL was to take place between August 28 to sep 18. But on the BCCI’s request, they have advanced the dates for the CPL. CPL has confirmed that the tournament of the 33 games will be played in the St. kitts.
West Indies will play the last test match against Pakistan on the 24. And there would be a 24 hour gap between the start of CPL and the last test against Pakistan. As soon as the players complete the test against Pakistan , they will be moved to play the CPL.
CWI is making the required preparation for the logistics of the players. St Kitts is relatively safe and it is free from the covid cases so players will have more freedom to move around. They will not have to suffer the strict bio-bubble. All the players must be vaccinated with both doses. If any player is not vaccinated, he will be isolated for five days before being allowed to join the team.
While BCCI is in the process of filling all the gaps before it makes an announcement of the final dates of IPL which will be held in the UAE.