The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) became one of the most high-profile sporting events to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic in 2021.
The cash-rich T20 league, which began on April 9 with the match between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), was scheduled to be concluded on May 30 with Ahmedabad the venue set to host the final.
However, just 25 days after the competition started, news emerged of multiple coronavirus cases in more than one franchises which led to the postponement of the event.
The news was an expected one, especially considering the Covid-19 situation in India which was the most affected country in the region with the most number of cases and deaths reported in the world during the same time period.
Once the tournament was put on hold, the Board of Control for Cricket in Indian (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly was quoted in different media outlets saying that the remaining competition is unlikely to be organised in India.
Different media reports suggested later that the BCCI have identified the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the possible venue for the remaining matches of the competition in September/ October later this year.
The venue already hosted the 2020 edition of the competition and is currently hosting the 20 matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 which was also postponed in March after a coronavirus outbreak.
We have identified five possible changes likely to impact the competition once it will resume in