The much-awaited Indian Premier League will kick start on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates and the final match will take place on November 8, a source of the BCCI told PTI on Thursday. However, the IPL Governing Council will meet next week to discuss the final details and the schedule of the game, it is understood that the BCCI has informally shared the plan with all the franchises.
“IPL in all likelihood will start on September 19 (Saturday) and the final will be held on November 8 (Sunday). It is a 51-day window which will suit the franchises as well as the broadcasters and other stakeholders,” a senior BCCI official said to PTI on conditions of anonymity.
The 13th edition of IPL will take place with the ICC’s decision to postpone the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup which was scheduled to be played in Australia in October-November due to the global pandemic novel COVID-19 outbreak in the country. They shared their inability to conduct the event amid this crunch situation because of the pandemic.
Although there were speculations that the 2020 edition of IPL will start from September 26, the BCCI has decided to start it earlier by a week in order to make sure that the Indian team’s upcoming tour of Australia doesn’t get affected.
“The Indian team will have a mandatory quarantine of 14 days as per Australian government rules. A delay would have sent the plans haywire. “The best part is that 51 days is not at all a curtailed period and there will be much less doubleheaders. We could stick to the original five doubleheaders in a seven-week window,” the official further shared.
While all the teams need at least a month’s time to train for the cash-rich league, the franchises have decided to leave by August 20 and set their base their which will give them exactly one month time to prepare for the T20 tournament.
Notably, the IPL was scheduled to take place in India during its actual time of March-April but this year it couldn’t be played due to COVID-19 and it was postponed until April 15 before getting postponed again for an indefinite time period. However, the league has finally got its place and fans are eagerly waiting to enjoy the action soon.