Indian Premier League (IPL) Chairman Brijesh Patel has confirmed that the IPL 2020 will be a 51-day show, starting from September 19 and the grand- finale will be played on November 8. The venue for the 13 edition of the T20 league in the United Arab Emirates. This will be the second time that the league will be hosted on foreign land.
The BCCI’s path to host the tournament was cleared earlier this week when the ICC finally announced the postponement of this year’s T20 World Cup.
The tournament was scheduled to start in October-November but now the BCCI will use that window for IPL 2020. However, the final call on hosting will be taken after the Indian government approves the plan.
IPL franchises have been informed of the plan
As per reports in The Hindy, The BCCI has informally intimated the franchises about the plan.
The public announcement will be made in the next meeting.
“We expect the government approval to come through by next week. It is a full 51-day IPL,” Mr. Patel told The Hindu.
IPL 2020: No Quarantine for Players in UAE
As per the current health protocol in Dubai, there is no need to be in quarantine if people are carrying a negative COVID-19 test report, but if they are not, they will have to undergo a test.
There are three grounds available in the UAE — Dubai International Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi) and the Sharjah ground. It is learnt that the BCCI will be renting the grounds of the ICC Academy for the training of the teams.
IPL 2020 was originally scheduled on 29th March but due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the league was postponed indefinitely. But as the cricket founds its way back amid the pandemic, it is a happy piece for the fans.
Meanwhile, Team India is scheduled to visit Australia later this year for a four-match Test series. Virat Kohli & Co. will leave for Australia right after the IPL ends.