According to the recent report of Times of India regarding the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), the tournament final might be moved forward by two days, owing to use the Diwali week. If this happens then the final would take place on a weekday for the first time in the tournament’s history as well.
It was only the last week that IPL chairman Brijesh Patel had confirmed the news that IPL 2020 will take place in the UAE, from September 19 to November 8.
But the pushing back of the date of final might create a problem for the Indian team as they will tour to Australia for a four-match Test series soon after which will begin from December 3. Moreover, Team India will have to go the 14-day quarantine period to the strict norms due to Covid-19.
“Even if the players are left without any IPL matches, they will continue to remain in UAE and participate in a camp there,” TOI quoted sources as saying. “As soon as the IPL is over, the remaining players busy playing the final knockout matches of the league will join the rest and the entire team will fly together from there,” say those tracking developments.”
On the other hand, the Indian Premier League governing council will meet on Saturday (August 1) before they meet with primary stakeholders which included franchises, broadcasters and sponsors over the next two days to finalise rest of the details of the tournament.
However, the franchises will discuss the details of the bio-secure bubbles to families of players can travel with the players as well. As per the report, each team is likely to stay in separate bubbles where they wouldn’t have any interaction with outsiders except through pre-appointments.
Notably, the cash-rich league was earlier scheduled to begin from March which got postponed until April 15 before the postponed again due to the global pandemic novel coronavirus across the globe. The COVID-19 has brought the entire world into a standstill as well.