In the past few month, there were speculations circling on the possible inaugural day for the Indian Premier League 2020 season. Entering its 13th year, the tournament has grown into becoming the largest and most viewed sports event in the country, with the viewers count skyrocketing to a stupendous 462 million last year. With a tentative date formerly announced, the IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed today that this year’s season will begin on 29th March, and the final match is to be held in the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, as said by BCCI prez Sourav Ganguly himself.
The IPL Governing Council held a meeting yesterday with the BCCI officials, and along with confirming the starting date, the venue for the final match was opting between Wankhede Stadium and the newly rebuilt Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, but finally the former option was finalised.
Starting its renovation work on the former Gujarat Stadium back in 2015, the honourable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced the stadium as a tribute to former Indian politician and freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhai Patel. Upon its completion in early March, it will become the world’s largest cricket ground, with a capacity of 1,00,000 people, surpassing surpassing the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
However according to sources, the final confirmation about the venue is to be official stated in the next month.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was present for the post meeting interview, where the former Indian captain confirmed that the usual timings of the IPL matches are to be remained unchanged.
“There will be no change in the timing of IPL night games. It will start from 8 pm like earlier years. There was discussion about 7:30 pm but it’s not happening. We will have only five doubleheaders this time. IPL final will be held in Mumbai.” Sourav Ganguly told reporters.
While as per custom, the defending champions Mumbai Indians are scheduled to face Delhi Capitals in the first game at the the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, one BCCI official said that the decision of the final venue is ultimately up to the governing body of the tournament.
“The knockouts are the property of the BCCI and the revenue earned through gate money is the board’s money. The IPL franchises have nothing to do with the knockout matches. The opening match is definitely to be played at the home ground of the previous year’s winner. But nothing of that sort with the final match,” the official said to the reporters.