With the International Cricket Council postponing the T20 World Cup 2020 to next year, the BCCI has sped up the process of getting clearance for hosting the 2020 edition of Indian Premier League in UAE. The Apex Cricket Body in India has already written a letter to GOI (Government of India) seeking permission for hosting the Mega-T20 League in UAE. Brijesh Patel, IPL Governing Council Chairman, has also announced that the 13th edition of the marquee tournament is all set to be played from September 19 to November 8. IPL 2020 will also commence India’s domestic cricket season.
With the announcement of the dates, some of the players like Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Suresh Raina and Mohammed Shami have already hit the ground. International players like New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson has also begun his training at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui in the anticipation of 13th IPL.
However, it was his first training session after the lapse due to CoViD-19 pandemic. On the other hand, Legendary New Zealand player Ross Taylor has already started his preparations for Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020, scheduled to take place in Trinidad and Tobago in August, 2020.
New Zealand Cricket spokesperson Richard Boock has said that the board will issue No-Objection Certificates for the IPL 2020 to its players. However, it is on the New Zealand players to take part in the tournament or not.
New Zealand Cricket spokesperson Richard Boock told PTI via email, “Regarding the IPL, NZC will be issuing NOCs to the relevant players and it’s up to them to decide.”
“Well, yes, the issuing of NOCs is considered on a case-by-case basis and it’s rare that they are ever refused. However, the due diligence is something for the respective players to shoulder – although we are happy to pass on as much info as we can to assist in these matters,” Richard added.