The 2021 Indian Premier League, additionally referred to as IPL 14 or, for sponsorship reasons, Vivo IPL 2021, become the fourteenth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), a expert Twenty20 cricket league mounted via way of means of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2007. Mumbai Indians have been the 2 instances protecting champions, having received each the 2019 and the 2020 seasons. Ahead of the match, Kings XI Punjab have been renamed because the Punjab Kings.
Initially, on 7 March 2021, the BCCI introduced the furniture for the match. On four May 2021, the match become suspended indefinitely, after a upward thrust in COVID-19 instances in the bio bubbles of respective groups. At the time of the suspension, 31 of the scheduled 60 suits have been nonetheless left to be performed. On 29 May 2021, the BCCI introduced that the closing suits of the match could be performed withinside the United Arab Emirates in September and October 2021. The time table for the the rest of the match become launched on 25 July 2021.
On 15 October 2021, Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders via way of means of 27 runs withinside the very last, to win their fourth IPL name.
Although in advance reviews counseled the addition of extra groups withinside the season, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of their 89th AGM introduced that there could now no longer be any extra group for this season and the inclusion of new groups ought to occur simplest in 2022.
On 30 January 2021, the BCCI introduced that they have been assured to host the match in India. They additionally stated that the UAE wasn’t being taken into consideration as a backup venue. On the day of the public sale, the BCCI additionally showed that Vivo had back because the name sponsor, after pulling out from the preceding match. As of overdue February, the BCCI have been thinking about to host the match in some shortlisted cities, which protected Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Chennai, with Mumbai as a further alternative.
On 7 March 2021, the BCCI introduced the total time table for the season. Six venues, along with all of the 5 shortlisted venues and the extra alternative Mumbai have been scheduled to host suits. To keep away from domestic advantage, no group become scheduled to play at their domestic venue. The season become scheduled to begin from nine April, with the very last taking vicinity on 30 May on the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The BCCI additionally showed that the match could start at the back of closed doors, and a name on letting spectators in could be taken at a later stage.
After the unexpected upward thrust in COVID-19 instances in India, Hyderabad become additionally delivered as a backup venue, aleven though no suits have been performed there.
After the relocation to the UAE, BCCI have been trying to permit as a minimum 50% vaccinated target target market withinside the stadium, if accepted via way of means of the neighborhood government. Four days earlier than the restart, spectators have been allowed in via way of means of following COVID-19 protocols.
Main article: List of 2021 Indian Premier League employees changes
The launched gamers have been introduced on 20 January 2021. Steve Smith, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell have been the outstanding names some of the launched gamers. Piyush Chawla, the most expensive Indian participant on the 2020 public sale, become additionally launched.
The gamers’ public sale become hung on 18 February 2021 in Chennai. Chris Morris become the maximum luxurious participant, bought via way of means of the Rajasthan Royals for ₹16.25 crore (US$2.2 million). The maximum luxurious Indian participant bought become Krishnappa Gowtham bought via way of means of the Chennai Super Kings for ₹nine.25 crore (US$1.2 million).
Due to the worsening COVID-19 state of affairs in India, numerous gamers withdrew from the match. After the Chennai leg of the match, Ravichandran Ashwin left the Delhi Capitals bubble to “support [his] family” in the course of the pandemic. On three May 2021, the scheduled in shape among Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore become postponed after Kolkata gamers examined fantastic for COVID-19. On the identical day, 3 contributors of the Chennai Super Kings camp – along with their bowling instruct Lakshmipathy Balaji and CEO Kasi Viswanathan examined fantastic. Later the identical day, all the Delhi Capitals group went into quarantine. Similarly, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad skipped their exercise periods beforehand in their in shape on four May. As a result, the BCCI checked out web website hosting the closing furniture of the match in Mumbai.
However, on four May 2021, the Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals in shape, scheduled for five May 2021, become additionally postponed because of Chennai gamers being in quarantine. Later the identical day, Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi’s Amit Mishra examined fantastic for COVID-19. On four May, the season become suspended indefinitely. On five May 2021, Michael Hussey, batting instruct of Chennai, have become the primary remote places character to check fantastic. Later, Tim Seifert and Prasidh Krishna of the Knight Riders examined fantastic.
On 6 May 2021, a collection of English counties made a proposal to host the closing suits of the match in England in September 2021. On nine May 2021, Sourav Ganguly, president of the BCCI, dominated out the opportunity of the match being finished in England or India, bringing up the problems round quarantine. The BCCI have been trying to play the closing suits in September and October 2021, a plan that become showed on 25 July 2021.