IPL 2020 schedule released, opening match between MI and CSK in Abu Dhabi

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The schedule for the Dream11 IPL 2020 season is now officially released by BCCI, and on the inaugural match on 19th September, defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi.

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One delay after another, the much awaited full fixture for IPL 2020 has been finally released on Sunday, as the governing council BCCI revealed the schedule on the tournament’s official website.

After the opening in Abu Dhabi, Dubai will have two back to back matches, between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab on 20th September and then followed by Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore on 21st.

Sharjah, the third venue of the tournament will host its first match on 22nd September, as Rajasthan Roayals will take on Chennai Super Kings.

The league stage will have 56 matches, spread across 46 match days, Dubai will host 24 matches, Abu Dhabi will host 20 and Sharjah will host 12.

The final match of the league stage is between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians in Sharjah.

All matches will take place from 6:00 pm local time and 7:30 pm IST. However, there are ten match days with double headers, and the game on those match days will be hosted on 2:00 pm local time and 3:30 pm IST, followed by the second match on usual timing.

Check out the full schedule below-

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Image Courtesy: IPL

The recent COVID cases in the Chennai Super Kings contingent was another blow for the governing council before releasing the schedule. However, all 13 cases from the four time winners have now reported negative.

The schedule was supposed to be released by Friday, as BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said earlier this week. “We understand schedules are delayed. It is almost on the verge of getting final and should be released by Friday,” Ganguly said. However, it got delayed once again by another couple of days.

On the onset of the novel Coronavirus pandemic, IPL was postponed from its usual March to May schedule for the first time in its history. After months of uncertainty if the cash rich league would even be possible in such crisis, BCCI had announced that the tournament was going to take place between 19th September to 10th November.

Due to the rising no of COVID-19 cases in India, the 13th edition of IPL was also shifted to United Arab Emirates, its second overseas venue since 2009, when it was hosted in South Africa. All teams will adhere to the strict SOP guidelines prepared by BCCI for the duration of the tournament. Check out waging options for IPL and other tournaments here.

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