After all the speculations and talks finally ICC Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed that IPL 13 is set to begin from September 19 in UAE.
India’s own festival is round the corner, as the most celebrated tournament is set to begin from September 19 with final being played on 8th November 2020.
The event’s Governing Council will meet next week and reveal the final details and the schedule of the tournament, however it is being assumed that everything has been finalized and approved by BCCI.
IPL Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel said on Friday, “The GC will meet shortly but we have finalised the schedule. It will run from September 19 to November 8. We expect the government approval to come through. It is a full 51-day IPL,”
Brijesh Patel further added that BCCI is keeping an eye on the situation and looking after different conditions to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. He said, “We are making the SOP and it will be ready in a few days. To allow crowd or not depends on the UAE government. Anyway social distancing has to be maintained. We have left it for their government to decide on that. Will also be writing to the UAE board formally,”
The health of the Cricketers are the top priority for BCCI and all the stakeholders. Earlier BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said, “No tournament is bigger than the players safety”. The Board Of Control For Cricket In India is accessing the different situations regards players health and safety.
According to latest reports, BCCI will be renting the grounds of the ICC Academy for training the teams. The franchises will be living their base by August 20, so that the players get atleast 1 month time to practice.
The importance that IPL holds for Indian Cricket as well as World Cricket is not hidden from anyone. Lot of money is at stake and it was assumed, BCCI will go all out to organise this tournament. If the cash rich league gets cancelled BCCI will incur a loss of more than INR 4000 Crore along with all the stakeholders.