As the Indian cricket board seeks to complete this year s Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates, it appears to have accepted that the UAE leg may not feature several of the league s star foreign players.
The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India was staring at a $270 million loss in revenue when the IPL was suspended last month after several players and backroom staff tested positive for COVID-19.
Having shifted rest of the tournament in the UAE in September-October, the BCCI top brass are currently in Dubai to finalise schedule of the remaining 31 matches in consultation with their Emirati counterparts.
England have effectively ruled out further participation of their players when the tournament resumes but the BCCI appear unfazed.
“Our main focus is on completing this edition of the IPL,” BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla told Khaleej Times on Monday.