The 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) has finally got a possible date. Keeping the current COVID-19 situation in the country, IPL is likely to be played in the UAE this year. According to the reports, the 2020 edition of the cash-rich tournament will take place between September 26 to November 8.
IPL 2020 was earlier scheduled to play between March 29 and May 17. However, the tournament was suspended owing to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the country. With the expected postponement of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, the league will take place at that time as well.
However, the broadcaster Star India and the franchises are reportedly not very happy with the tentative dates. As per the report in The Times of India, the broadcaster and the franchises have already reservations about this ‘constricted scheduling’.
The report also claimed that Star wants to make most of the Diwali week on their advertisements in these crunch times. While Diwali is on November 14, a Saturday, Star wants the tournament to conclude that weekend as well. The parties who are disagreeing BCCI’s tentative dates of 44 days. Moreover, most of the matches out of 60 are scheduled for afternoon matches, which could affect visibility and ratings as well.
On the other hand, BCCI wants to end the IPL early in November as India will tour to Australia which will begin from December 3.
“If the IPL concludes by November 8, the team can fly to Australia by the 10th, undergo the mandatory Covid tests and start with practice and warm-up matches so that the first Test can begin as scheduled. Also, India might want to play a day-night warm-up game ahead of the proposed day-night Test, and that will add days to the schedule,” a BCCI official told the news outlet.
While the formal announcement of the postponement of this year’s T20 World Cup is likely to come soon from the International Cricket Council (ICC), the final dates of IPL are expected to be made public soon as well.