Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally drawn a preliminary schedule for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League(IPL). The board wants the league to be played between September 26-November 8 but the final call will be taken only after ICC officially announces the postponement of the T20 World Cup 2020.
Star Sports Network, who has the broadcasting rights of IPL, seems to disagree with the scheduled, as per a report in the Times of India. The broadcaster wants to end the league in Diwali week to generate maximum revenue as coronavirus has badly affected their business.
BCCI might not accept with Star’s demand because Team India has to also tour Australia to play the four-match Test series in December.
Though the series is scheduled in December, the players will have to tour in November to follow the quarantine period. So, BCCI will not be interested in Star’s deal.
“If the IPL concludes by November 8, the team can fly to Australia by the 10th, undergo Covid tests and start practice and warm-up matches so that the first Test can begin as scheduled,” a senior board official told TOI.
Star bought the IPL broadcast rights in 2018 with a consolidate bid of Rs 16,347 crore and pays the BCCI Rs 3,500 to Rs 4,000 crore every year as part of a five-year rights cycle.
UAE might be the venue for IPL 2020:
As COVID-19 cases are rising at the rapid speed in India, BCCI is likely to host IPL 2020 in a foreign land. Various reports state that UAE would be the preferred destination for the tournament.
Sourav Ganguly has also earlier said that primarily, India will be the venue but if situations get worse the board might look into other options for hosting IPL. Sri Lanka, New Zealand are other countries who had proposed for hosting the league.
However, BCCI will publicly announce its schedule once ICC decides the future of the mega event scheduled in October in Australia.