Second Phase Of IPL 2021 To Include A New Rule Which Was Not Part Of the India Leg

The UAE-leg of IPL 2021 will start on September 19th. Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will clash in the first game of the event. The second phase of IPL 2021 to include a new rule which was not part of the India-leg. We take a look at the rule in this article.

IPL 2021 to resume at the UAE

The first phase of IPL 2021 had to be stopped due to rising COVID cases in the franchises. It was KKR’s Varun CV who first contracted the virus, and then, cases started cropping up in other franchises, as well. BCCI then made the decision to stop the competition.

A couple of months ago, BCCI announced that IPL 2021 would resume. Like IPL 2020, the remaining games of IPL 2021 will take place in the UAE. The event will start on September 19th. Most of the players have already reached UAE, and preparations are underway in all the camps. Currently, Delhi Capitals are sitting at the top of the table with six wins in eight encounters. CSK, RCB and Mumbai Indians are the other three teams in the top half of the table.

The second phase of IPL 2021 to include a new rule

In order to ensure that there is the least risk of COVID transmission, BCCI has come out with a new rule. As per this rule, “No players in the rescheduled IPL will be allowed to share their drinks, food items, bottles, towels with other players in the field of play.” This rule was not part of the first phase.

Usually, players share water or towel on the field, even though they could belong to different teams. IPL will now disallow this. Hence, the chances of the virus transmitting within or beyond the teams will reduce.

After the IPL, UAE and Oman will host the T20 World Cup. The event will be happening after a gap of five years. Having played almost 1.5 seasons of IPL in the UAE, India will be one of the firm favourites to lift the trophy.

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