The IPL is coming and this time it’s coming with a lot of upgrades. The upgraded version of this IPL is going to increase the decibels for at least one notch this time. On 15 Feb 2020, the IPL GC released the much awaited schedule of the upcoming VIVO IPL 2020. The marquee tournament will kick start from 29th March 2020 with defending champion Mumbai Indian locking horns with three-time winner Chennai Super Kings in the dazzling floodlights of Wankhede Stadium.
The 60- fixtures tournament will entertain the world for 57 days with its antiques, action pack moments and thrillers. As always the tournament will be played in Round-Robin format. Eight teams will fight it out for the much coveted trophy and one of them will comevictorious in the final of mega-tournament. This year’s IPL final will also be hosted by Wankhede Stadium Mumbai on the 24 May.
According to the sources, BCCI has planned to schedule of the tournament according to the availability of the players. With Australia, New Zealand, England and Sri Lanka are likely to play international games in the first week of the IPL, the schedule of the tournament is planned according to the demand of franchises and requests from respective Cricket Boards.
The ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) has informed the IPL GC about their players’availability only after 31st March. As from March 19 to March 31, the English players would be busy playing the two-match Test series in Sri Lanka.
It could be one of the reasons why Rajasthan Royals would be starting late in the championship as they have a number of British and Australian players. The Royals will kick start their campaign on April 2 against the Chennai Super Kings. And their two MVP’s Stokes and Smith are expected to join the franchise by then.
New Zealand and Australian players will also be available only after March 29 only as the Black Caps and the Aussies are scheduled for the final T20I on March 29 at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
Along with the international series, a few of the Australian cricketers would also be taking part in the Final of the Sheffield Shield from March 27-31 and they will be available only from April 1. And the likes of David Warner, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult and James Neesham may not take part in the IPL from the outset.