The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League is set to commence from 9th April 2021. The Governing Council of IPL along with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are amidst the planning stage and are soon going to finalize the tentative dates of the 14th edition of IPL.
|DATE & DAY||MATCH||TIME (IST)||VENUE|
|April 9, Friday||Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||7:30 PM||Chennai|
|April 10, Saturday||Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals||7:30 PM||Mumbai|
|April 11, Sunday||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders||7:30 PM||Chennai|
|April 12, Monday||Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings||7:30 PM||Mumbai|
|April 13, Tuesday||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians||7:30 PM||Chennai|
|April 14, Wednesday||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||7:30 PM||Chennai|
|April 15, Thursday||Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals||7:30 PM||Mumbai|
|April 16, Friday||Punjab Kings vs Chennai Super Kings||7:30 PM||Mumbai|
|April 17, Saturday||Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||7:30 PM||Chennai|
|April 18, Sunday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders||3:30 PM||Chennai|
|April 18, Sunday||Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings||7:30 PM||Mumbai|
|April 19, Monday||Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals||7:30 PM||Mumbai|
|April 20, Tuesday||Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians||7:30 PM||Chennai|
|April 21, Wednesday||Punjab Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||3:30 PM||Chennai|
|April 21, Wednesday||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings||7:30 PM||Mumbai|
|April 22, Thursday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals||7:30 PM||Mumbai|
|April 23, Friday||Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians||7:30 PM||Chennai|
|April 24, Saturday||Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders||7:30 PM||Mumbai|
|April 25, Sunday||Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||3:30 PM||Mumbai|
|April 25, Sunday||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals||7:30 PM||Chennai|
|April 26, Monday||Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders||7:30 PM||Ahmedabad|
|April 27, Tuesday||Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||7:30 PM||Ahmedabad|
|April 28, Wednesday||Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||7:30 PM||Delhi|
|April 29, Thursday||Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals||3:30 PM||Delhi|
|April 29, Thursday||Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders||7:30 PM||Ahmedabad|
|April 30, Friday||Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||7:30 PM||Ahmedabad|
|May 1, Saturday||Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings||7:30 PM||Delhi|
|May 2, Sunday||Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||3:30 PM||Delhi|
|May 2, Sunday||Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals||7:30 PM||Ahmedabad|
|May 3, Monday||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||7:30 PM||Ahmedabad|
|May 4, Tuesday||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians||7.30 PM||Delhi|
|May 5, Wednesday||Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings||7.30 PM||Delhi|
|May 6, Thursday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings||7.30 PM||Ahmedabad|
|May 7, Friday||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings||7.30 PM||Delhi|
|May 8, Saturday||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals||3.30 PM||Ahmedabad|
|May 8, Saturday||Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians||7.30 PM||Delhi|
|May 9, Sunday||Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings||3.30 PM||Bengaluru|
|May 9, Sunday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||7.30 PM||Kolkata|
|May 10, Monday||Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders||7.30 PM||Bengaluru|
|May 11, Tuesday||Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals||7.30 PM||Kolkata|
|May 12, Wednesday||Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders||7.30 PM||Bengaluru|
|May 13, Thursday||Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings||3.30 PM||Bengaluru|
|May 13, Thursday||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals||7.30 PM||Kolkata|
|May 14, Friday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals||7.30 PM||Kolkata|
|May 15, Saturday||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings||7.30 PM||Bengaluru|
|May 16, Sunday||Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||3.30 PM||Kolkata|
|May 16, Sunday||Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians||7.30 PM||Bengaluru|
|May 17, Monday||Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||7.30 PM||Kolkata|
|May 18, Tuesday||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals||3.30 PM||Bengaluru|
|May 19, Wednesday||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings||3.30 PM||Bengaluru|
|May 20, Thursday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians||7.30 PM||Kolkata|
|May 21, Friday||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||3.30 PM||Bengaluru|
|May 21, Friday||Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings||7.30 PM||Kolkata|
|May 22, Saturday||Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals||7.30 PM||Bengaluru|
|May 23, Sunday||Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals||3.30 PM||Kolkata|
|May 23, Sunday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings||7.30 PM||Kolkata|
|May 25, Tuesday||QUALIFIER 1||7.30 PM||Ahmedabad|
|May 26, Wednesday||ELIMINATOR||7.30 PM||Ahmedabad|
|May 28, Friday||QUALIFIER 2||7.30 PM||Ahmedabad|
|May 30, Sunday||FINAL||7.30 PM||Ahmedabad|
As per a reliable source at BCCI, the 14th season of IPL is going to start on 11th April and will end around 5th/6th June 2021.
The BCCI official expressed that the final decision will be taken by IPL GC but 11th April is the tentative date to start IPL 2021. The series against England finishes in March and players will get a good break with the 11th April start for IPL 2021.
Last year, the IPL 2020 was originally scheduled to start from 29 March 2020 but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown imposed in the country.
The BCCI later successfully hosted the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) between 19 September and 10 November 2020.
The record-breaking season acted as a way of entertainment for cricket fans all over the world in a time where every other sporting event was at halt. Mumbai Indians were able to successfully defend the title by defeating Delhi Capitals in a 5 wicket win in the Final of IPL 2020.
Before the much-awaited tournament starts, everyone’s eyes will be on the Player Auction that is to be conducted on 18th of February 2021 in Chennai. There are some big players that will go under the hammer including Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Jason Roy, Karun Nair and Umesh Yadav.
It is to be noted that the BCCI will be wary of Indian team suffering from many injuries and having to play many debutants in the recent Border-Gavaskar trophy played between India and Australia. Players like Ishant Sharma and Rohit Sharma were injured in the IPL, whereas many players like Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja got injured while playing in the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
The coaching staff and BCCI have been managing the workload of players and we could possibly see some of the all-format players being rested in the limited-overs leg of the India-England series that is to be played in India to monitor fitness and fatigue.
With the COVID-19 situation improving in India, BCCI is trying its best to conduct the IPL in India this year and are quite optimistic about pulling it off.
It will be interesting to see where BCCI conducts the IPL to maintain the bubble. There are rumors that the BCCI is looking at three stadiums in Mumbai to host the league stage and possibly shift to Ahmedabad for knockouts. The proposed venues are Brabourne Stadium, Wankhede Stadium and DY Patil Sports Stadium.
If BCCI successfully hosts IPL in India, it will set a good precedent for conducting the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in the later half of 2021 and other home tournaments including the prestigious Border-Gavaskar Trophy at home.