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 and still there are no signs of staging the tournament in nearby dates.
However, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is hopeful of staging the tournament this year. In one of a major development over the future of IPL 2020, the 48-year old has confirmed that IPL has always been one of the priorities and the BCCI is waiting for ICC’s decision on World T20 to take call on the IPL 2020.
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According to several reports, the BCCI and team owners have decided in favour of the UAE to host the IPL 2020 from September 26 to November 6. UAE has earlier hosted the seventh season of the IPL in 2014 due to General Elections in India.
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The conditions in the UAE are pretty similar to that of India and the distance between the stadiums in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi is not too far, which is also an important factor for the BCCI.
“The stadium has nine wickets on the top in case a large number of matches have to be accommodated within a smaller time-frame. We will not be scheduling any matches there to keep the wickets fresh,” Salman Hanif, Head of Cricket & Events of Dubai Sports City, told Gulf News.