BCCI is planning to start the IPL 2020 from 29 March if the sources are to be believed. Last year champion Mumbai Indians will kick start the marquee tournament at their home ground Wankhede Stadium. Speaking to IANS, a Delhi Capitals official said that the starting date is set to be March 29 with defending champions MI playing the opener at Wankhede. “I am told that the 2020 edition of the IPL will start on March 29 at Wankhede,” the official said.
With four international teams likely to be busy in the bilateral series BCCI wasexpected to shift the IPL dates a week later. BCCI was also expected to increase the No. of double headers in the tournament so that teams could get services of their best players at the start of the tournament. Australia is scheduled to play New Zealand in three T20Is and the final match of the series will be played on 29 March. While England and Sri Lanka will play two Test match series and their last match will official end on 31 March.
Earlier franchises also requested BCCI and IPL GC to reconsider the dates, talking to the IANS one of the franchise’s official had said, “See, while the Australia-New Zealand series ends with the final T20I being played on March 29, the second Test of the series between England and Sri Lanka technically ends only on March 31. In such a scenario, you start the season minus your big players and that isn’t a happy occasion. If we do start from April 1, the scenario looks so much better. Hopefully, the IPL GC will see what we are speaking about makes for a consideration.”
An official of one of the franchises had also talked about the same thing that happened last year after the international players left the teams for national duties. The official had said, “Last year, our guys went away in the business end and this time we might have to start the season without our top four overseas players. This is something that the IPL GC should be kind enough to look into as we would love to start on the front foot and set the momentum early into the season.”
IPL GC(Governing Council) however, has gone with less no. of double headers giving a few franchises a little bit of head ache at the start of the tournament.