BCCI has announced the IPL 2020 window and according to the reports from the BCCI officials the board is looking to organise the marquee event from 28 March to May 24.
However, the officials also said they will also talk to other cricket boards about the availability of the international players. BCCI has not released any official statement about the tournament’s late scheduling of change in schedule.
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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.“
With four international teams likely to be busy in the bilateral series BCCI might consider shifting IPL dates a week later. BCCI might also increase the No. of double headers in the tournament so that teams can get services of their best players at the start of the tournament. Australia is scheduled to play New Zealand in three T20Is. while England and Sri Lanka will play two Test matches.
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.”
IPL Governing Council will take the final call on the dates and match scheduling of the tournament, teams will hope that BCCI gives them best chance to start the tournament on a happy note.