According to the recent media reports, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to organise the entire IPL 2020 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
IPL 2020 was originally scheduled to be organised as usually in India between 29th March and 24th May 2020. However, the coronavirus pandemic forced to postpone the entire tournament for the indefinite period.
As the IPL tournament is very crucial for the BCCI’s financial purpose, the Indian cricket board is trying hard to organise the 13th IPL in this year. According to the recent media reports, the BCCI is considering to organise the IPL 2020 in the UAE after observing the present situation in India.
The BCCI can take the final decision about the forthcoming IPL edition soon after the final decision about the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, which the International Cricket Council (ICC) can take in this month during the upcoming board meeting.
According to the schedule, Australia will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 between 18th October and 15th November 2020. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament is likely to be postponed, and the BCCI can utilise this period to organise the IPL 2020.
IPL 2020: The tournament can be played in the UAE between 26th September and 8th November 2020
Unless the conditions dramatically improve in Mumbai in very short times, which is very unlikely happening, the IPL 2020 has a very rare chance to be organised in India. According to some media reports, the BCCI has settled the timeline between 26th September to 8th November 2020 to organise the IPL 2020, and they now feel that the UAE will be the best option to host this tournament.
Most recently, another media report has claimed that the top Indian players will travel the UAE for the training camp in the upcoming August. While the camp can run till the middle of September, then they will join with their franchises in the UAE for the IPL 2020. After the end of that IPL 2020, some of the Indian cricketers will directly travel to Australia to play Test and limited-overs series.
After the final decision about the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, the BCCI will plan about the IPL 2020 in detail with the presence of all stakeholders. Though the IPL 2020 is likely to run in the empty stadiums, it will not much affect in the revenue process of this league due to the huge revenue collection from the broadcasting deals and other various sponsorship deals.
Earlier, the UAE hosted the first half of the IPL 2014, when the general election was running in India. Only the IPL 2009 was entirely organised outside India, in South Africa, and the reason was again the general election in India.