After the successful completion of the IPL 2020 auction, BCCI is looking forward to announcing the timing and schedule of the marquee event. According to the sources BCCI is planning to schedule the event from 28 March to 24 May.
However, the main hurdle is that Australia, New Zealand, England and Sri Lanka are likely to play international games in the first week of the dates proposed by BCCI.
If this happens players like Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer and many others will miss the starting games of the tournament. New Zealand- Australia will play last game of the series on March 29, while England-Sri Lanka test will technically finish on 31 March.
However, talking to the IANS one of the franchise’s official 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.”
Another official of the franchise said that they have raised the issue in a briefing on the eve of the auction. He said, “See, it is a scenario which the franchises realised isn’t very favourable and the matter was in fact debated by around 4 to 5 of the teams present as nobody wants to start on the back foot. But then, we can only hope. You might see an appeal from some of us as we still have around a couple of weeks to go before the calendar is released.”
An official of one of the franchises also talked about the same thing that happened last year after the international players left the teams for national duties. The official 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.”
Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab are the teams that will be severely affected if this happens. Another teams such as Royal Challengers Banglore and Sunriesers Hyderabad will also be affected.