Cricket West Indies (CWI) have agreed to prepone the 9th edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021). The decision was taken after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had requested the CWI to modify the dates of the tournament to avoid the overlapping of CPL and the second half of IPL 2021.
The BCCI had requested the CWI to advance the dates of CPL 2021 to accommodate the second half of IPL 2021, which was halted in May due to the COVID-19 crisis in India. The development comes after Jay Shah, the BCCI Secretary, had a telephonic conversation with the officials of CWI and CPL COO Pete Russell.
Ricky Skerritt, the CWI President, admitted that they are committed to doing their best to avoid a possible overlap between CPL and IPL. A report in Cricbuzz has confirmed that the rescheduled CPL will commence from August 25 in St. Kitts and Nevis. Meanwhile, the final will be played on September 15 at the same venue.
“CWI is doing our best to help facilitate a smooth transition from CPL to IPL, without a conflicting overlap,” Skerritt told Cricbuzz. The preponement of the CPL will allow the BCCI to host the remainder of IPL 2021 in the UAE, starting September 19, without any potential overlaps.