The eagerly-awaited 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League is set to begin on September 19 with the final on November 8, IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel told on July 24 (Friday ). The glitzy tournament will be held in UAE, even pending all government clearances.
Patel said that “The GC will meet shortly, but we have finalized the schedule. It will start from September 19 to November 8. We expect government approval to come through. It is a full 51-day IPL,”
The IPL could not be arranged on time due to Coronavirus. But due to the postponement of the T20 World Cup in Australia, BCCI has chalked out a 51-day window for IPL.
IPL 2020 set to begin on September
Patel said that “The best part is that 51 days is not at all a curtailed period and broadcasters will be happy with full seven-week window”.
While the original schedule had five double-headers. Patel added that the new one would feature around 12 double-headers. which means two matches will be held on Saturdays and Sundays.
Patel said that “We will seek the advice of the UAE government To allow crowd or not depends on their government. Anyway, Due to the COVID pandemic, social distancing has to be maintained. Will also be writing to the UAE board formally”.
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“The Indian team will have a mandatory quarantine of 14 days as per Australian government rules. A delay would have sent the plans haywire. The best part is that 51 days is not at all a curtailed period and there will be fewer double headers. We could stick to original five double headers in 7-week window,” the official added.
BCCI is waiting for approval from the Indian Government to arrange IPL 2020 to UAE. The IPL governing team is looking to start IPL 1 week ahead on 19 September. Evening match, also looking early by 7.30 PM.