As Cricket gears up to blossom again finally after 4 months, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is working day and night to ensure the 13th edition of IPL takes place in 2020. The BCCI also locked in the tentative dates for the lucrative tournament and is looking to stage the tournament from September 26- November 08 this year.
However, the chances of tournament largely depend on the International Council of Cricket, which will take a final call on the upcoming T20 World Cup in next month. Also, in case the ICC goes ahead with the T20 World Cup, the BCCI might look to organise a truncated IPL just before the mega-tournament to provide enough game time to its players.
“It’s at a very preliminary stage but if IPL happens in India and by October, the situation is under control in Mumbai, there are four top-class floodlit grounds available in Mumbai. The logistics for BCCI, broadcasters (Star Sports), maintaining a bio-bubble, everything could be managed smoothly,” a BCCI official told PTI.
In Mumbai, we all know that The city has three well-known International grounds, in the form of Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil (Navi Mumbai), where IPL games in the past have been hosted.
Cricket will resume on July 8 after England and West Indies will play Test series in a bio-secure environment. If Mumbai manages to ensure the safety of players like this, IPL may take place.
“Obviously, everything depends on the Covid-19 situation in Mumbai. But if there are no spectators allowed and a bio-bubble is created, then Mumbai won’t be a bad option,” the official said.