If the latest rumours are to be believed, the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) might be rescheduled by IPL governing council. As par the meeting that held on 27 January, the tournament was supposed to kick off on 29 March. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had also confirmed that the tournament will kick start on March 29, 2020 in Mumbai and there will be no change in timing for the games in the upcoming season of the VIVO IPL.
The tournament was supposed to kick start with a match between former Champion Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on March 29 at Wankhede. IPL GC has also scheduled the IPL final on 24 May at the Wankhede Stadium only.
But in the latest turn on events, quashing all those plans, a source from BCCIrevealed TOI, “Once there’s clarity on who’ll be India’s board representative at ICC, that individual will also have to be at the ICC meetings. They’ll have to take a re-look at the starting date of the IPL once again.” The source in his statement all but confirmed a possible change in the dates of VIVO IPL 2020.
However, at this point of time, it will be too early to predict the developments at least until the next IPL GC meeting. It is also expected that Jay Shah, the secretary of BCCI, will also join the meeting this time as India’s CEC representative.
Yesterday BCCI also received a setback when the franchises and sponsors opposed the idea of an IPL All-star game. This idea was of an IPL all-star match, three days prior to the exam, was proposed by BCCI president SouravGanguly after the IPL GC meeting. But the franchises and sponsors are not ready to release their players for the match on the grounds of injury concerns and commercial hurdles.