The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed on Tuesday that the 13th edition of the cash-rich league will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the BCCI has requested the government of India for the approval on the matter.
While the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) hasn’t been “officially” notified yet, IPL governing council will assemble on July 24 and after that, a final call can prevail. While the broadcasters weren’t happy with the schedule, BCCI is likely to make different plans for their largest stakeholders.
However, the board is all set to permit the following issues:
A) An early start to the night matches, expected to start at 7.30 pm IST.
B) Start the IPL on September 19 instead of 26.
C) An attainable collection of the three-match white ball against South Africa in UAE.
On the other hand, an early start of the game presumably at 7.30 pm IST (6 pm, UAE time) would be perfect for many and would be given the nod as well. However, it was the broadcaster who requested for an early start of IPL final two years which didn’t get the permission due to technical causes. Since the games will begin at 6 pm native time, the IPL governing council might give permission for this season.
If Star agrees, the BCCI is okay with the beginning of IPL to 19th. “They want to avoid the 4 pm matches, right? So, this option is available to them, to advance the start by a week. They should take it,” sources shared to TOI. “If Star is so keen on an extended window for IPL – right now, 60 matches in 44 days – they should make an official request for a week’s advancement, no?.”
The 2020 edition of the league was earlier scheduled to be played from March but it was postponed owing to the global pandemic novel coronavirus which has brought the entire world into a standstill. While all the sporting events across the globe were cancelled earlier, the situation has been getting better in some places and England have hosted their first series against West Indies.