Owing to the postponement of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the much-awaited 13th edition of IPL is all set to kick start from September 19 in the thick of Novel Coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier the T20 tournament, which was scheduled to be played from March 29 to May 24 earlier this year, was postponed for indefinite period due to coronavirus. However, the CoVid -19 situation in India is still uncontrollable in India and the BCCI has decided to stage the marquee tournament in UAE under a plenty of restrictions.
After the meeting on Sunday, the BCCI has also shared a detailed planned with the franchises. With strict protocols and restrictions in place, the IPL franchises are allowed to carry a maximum of 24-player squad strength with them. The recent reports have also suggested that the Australian and English players might miss the few days or the first week of the cash-rich league as both the teams are scheduled to play a bilateral series in the mid of September.
Both teams will play a three match ODI series and a three match T20I series in England. The matches of T20I series will be played on 4th, 6th and 8th September and after that, three ODIs will take place on 11th, 13th and 16th. However, an official confirmation for the same is still awaited from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
With the series concluding on September 16, the players have to undergo a CoViD-19 test immediately after landing in UAE. The test will follow an isolation period of 7-10 days and the players will only be cleared after they test negative for the same. The whole process will consume at least 10 days – effectively ruling out all the players from at least one week of action.