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IPL 2021: Last two matches before playoffs to be played concurrently, announces BCCI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on tuesday announced that the last two matches before the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 playoffs will be played concurrently.

“In a first for the IPL, the last two league matches before the VIVO IPL 2021 Playoffs will be played concurrently,” a press release from BCCI read.

“On the last day of the league stage (08.10.2021) of the ongoing season, instead of having one afternoon match and one evening match, two matches (SRH v MI and RCB v DC) will be played simultaneously at 7.30 PM IST (6.00 PM GST),” the statement added.

The release also stated that information regarding “IPL Media Rights tender for the cycle 2023-2027 will be released immediately after the appointment of two new IPL teams which is scheduled to be announced on 25th October 2021″.

Notably, it will the first time that the last day of the league stage in IPL will have matches being played concurrently.

As per the earlier schedule, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were to face defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in an afternoon game at 3:30 PM IST in Abu Dhabi while the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was to take on last season’s runners-up Delhi Capitals (DC) at 7:30 PM IST Dubai.

However, now both the affairs will be held in the evening at 7:30 PM IST.

IPL 2021: Despite availability of Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant to lead Delhi Capitals

Delhi Capitals (DC) has announced that wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will continue to lead the side in the upcoming remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season despite the availability of regular skipper Shreyas Iyer.

Notably, it was under iyer when DC had reached the final of IPL 2020.

“JSW-GMR co-owned Delhi Capitals today announced that Rishabh Pant will continue as captain for the remainder of the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League,” read an official statement from the franchise.

Earlier, Pant was appointed captain of DC before the start of the 2021 edition of the IPL after Iyer was ruled out of the tournament due to a left shoulder injury, which he had sustained during the first ODI against England in March this year.

Under Pant, DC are currently leading the IPL 2021 points-table and have registered six wins and suffered just two defeats from eight matches.

Later, due to the postponement of the league to due to Covid-19 meant that Iyer got ample time and space to recover from his injury. Iyer will now make a comeback to competitive cricket after a gap of six months.

DC currently have 12 points in the league and are followed by CSK, RCB and MI at the second, third and fourth place respectively.

The next four places are occupied by Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, which has managed just a solitary win from seven games it played in the first half.

With 380 runs, DC’s Shikhar Dhawan is the leading run-getter in the tournament while RCB’s Harshal Patel tops the charts for leading wicket-takes after scalping 17 wickets from seven games so far.

A total of 31 matches, which are remaining in this year’s season, is slated to be completed with the final on October 15.

Significantly, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg in May first week.

Later on May 29, the BCCI had announced that the remaining matches of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) remaining matches will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the months of September-October.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year,” a statement from the Indian Cricket Board had said.

“The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the board also spoke to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in India in October-November.

“The BCCI SGM further authorised the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” the statement had said further.

The Capitals will resume their campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai on September 22.

IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals’ Manimaran Siddharth ruled out of UAE leg

Delhi Capitals (DC) suffered a jolt ahead of the start of the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 as their left-arm orthodox bowler Manimaran Siddharth has been ruled out of the tournament after he picked up quadriceps strain during the training session in Dubai.

Issuing a statement, the franchise said: “JSW-GMR co-owned Delhi Capitals today announced that left-arm orthodox bowler Manimaran Siddharth has been ruled out of the VIVO IPL 2021 due to an injury. The 23-year-old incurred a quadriceps strain during training in Dubai.”

After the development, DC announced left-arm medium-pacer Kulwant Khejroliya as Siddharth’s replacement.

“Left-arm medium fast bowler Kulwant Khejroliya has been named as Siddharth’s replacement for the remainder of the season. Khejroliya, who is already part of the Delhi Capitals team bio-bubble as a net bowler, has taken 17 wickets in 15 T20 matches at an average of 23.29. The 29-year-old represented Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2018 and IPL 2019 seasons, taking three wickets in five IPL matches,” it said.

“The Delhi Capitals support staff is currently overlooking Manimaran Siddharth’s rehabilitation programme in Dubai. He will be heading back to India in a few days where he will continue to undergo rehabilitation. The Delhi Capitals franchise wishes him a speedy recovery,” the statement concluded.

Earlier on Monday, DC had announced Australian pacer Ben Dwarshuis as a replacement for Chris Woakes for the upcoming remainder of the IPL 2021 season.

Woakes, the England all-rounder who had picked five wickets in three matches in the first half of the IPL 2021 season, has reportedly out of the tournament citing personal reasons.

In the recent times, various franchises have signed replacements for players, who will miss out the second leg of the IPL due to international commitments or injuries.

Recently, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had announced Bengal cricketer Akash Deep as the replacement for all-rounder Washington Sundar, who was forced to be ruled out of the remainder of the IPL 2021 season.

The franchise said that Sundar had picked a finger injury in England.

While the Virat kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have signed Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga as replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa. Hasaranga had bagged a total of seven wickets, including a four-wicket haul in the final T20I, in the recently held T20I series against India.

RCB also roped in Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, left-arm quick George Garton for Kane Richardson and Tim David for New Zealand’s Finn Allen.

Meanwhile, RR had earlier acquired Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips as a replacement for England’s Jofra Archer while South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi has been signed to replace Andrew Tye.

Punjab Kings (PBKS) have roped in Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis for Riley Meredith and England leg-spinner Adil Rashid for Jhye Richardson.

On the other hand, KKR have snapped New Zealand’s Tim Southee, who will replace Australia’s Pat Cummins.

The 14th edition of the cash-rich league will resume with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) on September 19.

The season was earlier forced to be postponed in May this year due to the emergence of Covid-19 cases among the players and support staffs inside the bio-bubble.

The BCCI had later, shifted the remaining part of the season to the UAE.

With six wins from eight games during the first half of the 2021 season, Delhi Capitals, the last season’s runners up, sits at the first place in the eight-team standings.

Delhi’s star opener Shikhar Dhawan is the leading run-getter at present after amassing 380 runs from eight innings, with a decent average of 54.29.

On the other hand, Delhi’s pacer Avesh Khan is second amongst wickets in the league’s table after 14 scalps from eight games, with an economy of 7.70.

Delhi will resume their IPL 2021 campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai on September 22.

IPL 2021: Franchises pool in to fly in players from CPL, SL-SA series

In a bid to fly in their respective players from the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the Sri Lanka-South Africa series into the UAE for the upcoming second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, the eight franchises have reportedly decided to pool in and get the players as quickly as possible.

As per reports, one charter plane will carry the players from CPL while the othe one will fly players, who are currently participating in the Sri Lanka-South Africa series.

In the first game of the second half, both Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) have their key currently participating in these two tournaments.

While CSK will have Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir (all CPL) and Lungi Ngidi (SL-SA series), MI will have Kieron Pollard (CPL) and Quinton de Kock (SL-SA series).

The players coming from these two tournaments will have to undergo two-day isolation before they join their respective team bubbles.

The players will not be asked to quarentine for six days as it will be a bubble to bubble transfer.

The players will however, be tested for Covid-19 after the two days and before they join their respective team bubble.

Recently, India skipper Virat Kohli and pace bowler Mohammed Siraj, who both represent Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), landed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the second leg of the tournament on a charter flight from London.

The franchise informed that the charter flight was arranged by them after the fifth and final Test between India and England was cancelled at last minute after the visitors were unable to field a team after the Indian camp was hit by Covid-19.

Earlier, the BCCI had announced that every player coming to UAE from the UK would have to undergo six days of hard quarantine before they could join the existing team bubbles for the resumption of the 2021 IPL edition.

Significantly, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg in May first week.

Later on May 29, the BCCI had announced that the remaining matches of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) remaining matches will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the months of September-October.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year,” a statement from the Indian Cricket Board had said.

“The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the board also spoke to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in India in October-November.

“The BCCI SGM further authorised the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” the statement had said further.

At present, Delhi Capitals (DC), the last season’s runners-up, is placed at the top of the IPL 2021 points table with six wins from eight games and 12 points in their kitty.

DC is followed by CSK, RCB and MI at the second, third and fourth place respectively.

The next four places are occupied by Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, which has managed just a solitary win from seven games it played in the first half.

With 380 runs, DC’s Shikhar Dhawan is the leading run-getter in the tournament while RCB’s Harshal Patel tops the charts for leading wicket-takes after scalping 17 wickets from seven games so far.

IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals to depart for the UAE on Saturday

The domestic players and the support staffs of the Delhi Capitals will reportedly leave for the UAE on Saturday for the remainder of the IPL 2021.

The domestic players and the supporting staff of the Delhi-based franchise had assembled in the national capital earlier this week and as per reports, each one of them have tested negative for Covid-19.

The players and supports staffs are currently in quarentine in Delhi. However, they all will be required to serve another week in quarantine after landing in the.

On the other hand, the international players of the franchise will join the team in the UAE after completing their respective international commitments.

Meanwhile, star DC batsman and former skipper Shreyas Iyer is already there in the Gulf.

Earlier this week, Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had landed in the UAE.

The second leg of the cash-rich league, which was postponed in May due to Covid-19, will resume with a blockbluster clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on September 19.

Amit Mishra tests negative for Covid-19; out of quarantine

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals’ (DC) leg-spinner Amit Mishra has now tested negative for Covid-19 and is out of quarantine.

Significantly, Mishra was one of the many players, who had tested positive during the recently postponed 14th season of the cash-rich league.

“The real heroes. Our frontline workers. All I can say post my recovery is, you have my support and heartfelt appreciation for all you do. We are deeply grateful to you for all the sacrifices that you and your family are making. #grateful #coronawarriors #bcci #DelhiCapitals,” tweeted Mishra along with a picture of himself with health workers.

Mishra was in Ahmedabad when he had contracted the virus and was forced to stay back there itself.

IPL 2021: Ongoing season has become more about what’s happening outside, says Ponting

Delhi Capitals (DC) head coach Ricky Ponting on Monday said that the ongoing 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has become more about what is happening outside the tournament than the matches itself due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation in India.

“This IPL, probably more than any other, has become more about what’s happening on the outside than what’s happening here. We right now are probably the safest people in the country being in the bubbles that we are in,” Ponting said in a video posted on Delhi Capitals’ Youtube page.

“Continuously, I’m asking the boys at breakfast every day how’s everything going on the outside, how’s family, is your family safe? Is family happy?” he further added.

Earlier, DC spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had announced to take a break from the ongoing tournament to support his family members, who are battling the deadly virus.

“Yes, it is hard for the players to be away from their families. I can’t imagine, even if I put myself in this situation, guys that live in Chennai are actually home now, but can’t see their families. It must be incredibly difficult,” said Ponting.

“So the more we can share these experiences, the better off we are. The people that aren’t from India, we can be talking to the locals about what they are going through. We will just keep our fingers crossed. And hope people remain safe. That’s a big thing for me, the players are taking the best care of their families where they can from the outside. And we look after what we can do here,” Ponting added.

Meanwhile, RCB players – Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson had also pulled out of the lucrative league though they didn’t spoke on the Covid issue and rather cited personal reason behind the cause.

IPL 2021: Ashwin takes a break to support family in fight against Covid-19

Ace India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who is representing Delhi Capitals (DC) in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has decided to take a break from the tournament as he wants to be with his family during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I would be taking a break from this year’s IPL from tomorrow. My family and extended family are putting up a fight against #COVID19 and I want to support them during these tough times,” he tweeted after his franchise defeated SunRisers Hyderabad in the Super Over clash at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday night.

As per reports, few members of Ashwin’s family have contracted the virus due to which the off-spinner was forced to take a break. Ashwin however, said that he hopes to make a return if things go in the right direction.

“I expect to return to play if things go in the right direction. Thank you @DelhiCapitals,” he added in the tweet.

Ashwin, 34, has featured in five matches for DC so far, managing just one wicket with an economy rate of 7.73 runs per over.

According to the BCCI’s SOP, if a player leaves bio-bubble once then he has to serve quarantine if he wishes to rejoin his side again.

IPL 2021: Will help anyone battling Covid-19 within my capacity, promises Ashwin

Ace India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is deeply disheartened on the deaths and destruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and has said that he will do whatever he can in his capacity to help those battling the virus.

Ashwin said it is heartbreaking to see people’s sufferings in the wake of a deadly second wave of the Coronavirus.

“Heart breaking to see what’s happening around my country! I am not in the healthcare fraternity, but my sincere gratitude to each of them. I would also like to make an earnest appeal to every Indian to exercise caution and stay safe,” Ashwin tweeted.

Meanwhile, the off-spinner, who is representing the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), also expressed that the virus does not spare anyone.

“I know there will be people who will retort with a tweet about my position of privilege. I would like to reiterate that this is a virus that spares no one and I am in this fight with all of you. Let me know if I can help and i promise to help anyone that is within my capacity,” he added.

Earlier, Ashiwn had requested everyone to stay indoors and take necessary precautions amid the raging pandemic.

Significantly, India had recorded over 3.32 lakh new coronavirus cases in a single day taking the country’s tally to 1,62,63,695, while active cases crossed the 24-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals launch campaign for Covid-19 patients

Amid the rising cases of Covid-19 across the country, Indian Premier League (IPL) team Delhi Capitals (DC) launched a campaign on Friday for people, who have recovered from the disease, to come forward and donate their blood plasma.

Significantly, the therapy is one of the several treatments given to critically-ill patients where the plasma is extracted from the blood of fully-recovered Covid-19 survivors and injected into the bloodstream of infected patients.

With the second wave of Covind-19 gripping the entire nation, DC launched a campaign in partnership with Fever FM to encourage ‘Covid-19 survivors to donate their plasma in the fight against the pandemic’.

“#ProjectPlasma — A joint initiative by #DelhiCapitals & @FeverFMOfficial encourages COVID-19 survivors to donate their plasma in the fight against this pandemic,” Delhi Capitals tweeted.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise also tweeted a poster with the caption: “Project Plasma, let’s save every life. You are a superhero if you have recovered from Covid-19 because you have the power to save life.”

DC, which last played Mumbai Indians on April 20 and won by six wickets, will next face Sunrisers Hydeabad on Sunday evening.