As India was hit by the second wave of the pandemic, the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended after COVID-19 breached the bio-bubbles of several teams. The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has announced that the IPL 2021 second phase would begin in the United Arab Emirates.
As fans across India awaiting the start of the IPL 2021's second round, numerous international players have withdrawn due to injury or other commitments, forcing franchisees to find replacements. Several teams announced replacements for the second phase of the IPL 2021. Take a look here:
* Wanindu Hasaranga to replace Adam Zampa (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
* Dushmantha Chameera to replace Daniel Sams (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
* George Garton to replace Kane Richardson (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
* Tim David to replace Finn Allen (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
* Akash Deep to replace Washington Sundar (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
* Glenn Phillips to replace Jofra Archer (Rajasthan Royals)
* Tabraiz Shamsi to replace Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals)
* Nathan Ellis to replace Riley Meredith (Punjab Kings)
* Adil Rashid to replace Jhye Richardson (Punjab Kings)
* Tim Southee to replace Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders)
The second phase of IPL 2021 will begin on September 19 in the UAE, in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi, much as season 13. The opening match will be between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings
The BCCI has announced that qualifier 1 would be held on October 10 in Dubai, while the eliminator will be held on October 11 in Sharjah. The second qualifier would be played at Sharjah only on October 13 and the final would be held in Dubai on October 15.