Indian Premier League set to resume in September but international players may be thin on ground

The Indian Premier League is set to resume in the United Arab Emirates on September 19 after the BCCI accepted that there is no possibility of moving the final Test against England to earlier in the summer.

The tournament, which was suspended at the start of May because of the worsening Covid-19 situation in India, will complete the remaining 31 matches split into 10 double-headers, seven standalone matches and four plays-offs in a 21-day window in September and early October.

Informal discussions had taken place between the Indian board and the ECB about moving the final Test of the summer, which is due to finish on September 14 at Old Trafford, to allow a larger window in which to complete the IPL.

The IPL is set to resume but whether Pat Cummins plays is yet to be determined.Source:Supplied

It’s understood that India have agreed to complete the five-Test schedule as originally set out and will fly their players from Manchester to the UAE immediately after the Test.

It is unlikely that any of the 12 English players with IPL contracts – Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Sam Curran, Sam Billings, Chris Jordan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali – will take part.

England are due to fly to Bangladesh for a T20 series on September 19, followed by a T20 series in Pakistan, in preparation for the T20 World Cup.

Originally published asIPL squeezes in resumption amid hectic schedule

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