The much-awaited 13th edition of Indian Premier League is all set to begin in September 2020 in the thick of Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Earlier the T20 tournament, which was scheduled to be played from 29 March earlier this year, was postponed for indefinite period in the wake of CoViD-19 outbreak.
However, the postponement of T20 World Cup 2020 by International Cricket Council to next year has given a new lifeline to IPL 2020. The postponement vacated the September – November window for the BCCI to organize 13th IPL. In no time, the BCCI utilised that time and fixed a schedule for T20 extravaganza 2020.
A meeting is planned by the IPL Governing Council in a week’s time to prepare the roadmap for organising the marquee tournament. BCCI is planning to shift the IPL 2020 to the United Arab Emirates as the cases of Corona is on continuous rise in India. Now, it is expected that the tournament will be played in UAE from September 19 to November 8.
TOI had reported last week that Star had voiced hesitations about the ‘constricted scheduling’, wanting to make optimum use of the Diwali week. The IPL GC had then advanced the IPL by a week – from September 26 to 19th – thus expanding the league window from 44 days to 51.
If the proposal is passed in the IPL GC meeting, this will be the first time in league’s history that an IPL final won’t be played on Sunday November 08, as November 10 falls on a Tuesday, – but those in the know say “the entire Diwali week is as good as a weekend, so don’t think that should be a problem”.
So BCCI is looking to postpone IPL 2020 final from November 08 to November 10.
“Even if the players are left without any IPL matches, they will continue to remain in UAE and participate in a camp there,” TOI quoted sources as saying. “As soon as the IPL is over, the remaining players busy playing the final knockout matches of the league will join the rest and the entire team will fly together from there”.