After the CoViD-19 outbreak delayed the start of home season in India, there have been several calls from former players and cricketer to start this year’s domestic season with IPL 2020. The lucrative tournament, which was scheduled to get rolling from 29 March, was delayed indefinitely in the wake of corona virus.
Now BCCI is trying hard to conduct IPL this year. So According to timesofindia.com, IPL 2020 may take place in UAE from September 26 to November 8. But the main broadcaster star Sports wants BCCI to run the IPL through the Diwali weekend (November 14), in a bid to attract advertisements at a time when the industry faces significant financial issues. Star wants the IPL to conclude on the Diwali weekend, the report says.
Star Sports bought the IPL broadcast rights in 2018 with a bid of Rs 16,437 crore. It pays the BCCI Rs 3,500 to Rs 4,000 crore through a five-years rights cycle.
But the BCCI has bounded by cricket Australia for its commitment that the tour Down Under, which is scheduled to begin on December 3.
If the Indian premier League concludes by November 8 then team India can fly for Australia on November 10th, after undergo COVID test and start practice.
“If the IPL concludes by November 8, the team can fly to Australia by the 10th, undergo Covid tests and start practice and warm-up matches so that the first Test can begin as scheduled,” a senior board official told TOI.
“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,” the official added.