BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India ) has announced new rules for the IPL 2021, which will resume in UAE on September 19. According to the new rules, if the cricket balls go in the stands or outside the stadium, the ball will be replaced by the fourth umpire. The previous ball will be sanitized properly with alcohol-based wipes and will be placed in the library by the fourth umpire. BCCI has made this rule In this situation there is the remote possibility of the ball being exposed to someone being infected in the stands. BCCI is not ready to take any chances and they have decided that ‘ball will be replaced if it goes in stands Use of Saliva will continue to ban from the remaining season. Also according to the new guidelines, there is a strict prohibition on sharing any kind of food item's, beverage, and water bottle during the drink break. A total of 31 matches will be played across 27 days including the playoffs and the final. There are also going to be seven double-headers with the first match starting at 3:30 pm IST and the second match at 7:30 pm IST.
Most of the 31 matches will be played in Dubai (13), followed by Sharjah (10) and Abu Dhabi (8).
The knockout stage of the premier T20 competition will begin on October 10 with Qualifier 1 taking place in Dubai, the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 in Sharjah on October 11 and 13, respectively.
On September 19 Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings face off in Abu Dhabi to kick off the UAE.