A recent report from the news agency PTI states that IPL will kick off on September 19 and will end on November 8 making it a 51 days affair. Earlier reports were stating that it was to start on September 26 but its early start would give more time for the Indian team to prepare for Australia series.
The BCCI wants to complete the league as early as possible in November and decided to get the tournament underway a week earlier to ensure the Indian team has enough time to prepare for their tour of Australia later this year. India is scheduled to play a four-match Test series in Australia starting from December 03 and will need to stay in 14-day quarantine before they can step on the field.
IPL in all likelihood will start on September 19 (Saturday) and the final will be held on November 8 (Sunday). It is a 51-day window which will suit the franchises as well as the broadcasters and other stakeholders,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI.
It will be a full-fledged tournament with not more than five double-headers as 60 games will be played across 51 days if the tournament starts from September 19. The teams are expected to leaving their base by August 20 to have at least one month to prepare for the tournament.
“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 much less doubleheaders. We could stick to the original five doubleheaders in seven-week window,” the BCCI official explained.
Earlier IPL Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel had said that IPL 13 is all set to be hosted by the UAE after the postponement of ICC T20 World Cup 2020 to 2022 due to coronavirus outbreak scheduled to take place in Australia.
While the Governing Council meeting is set to take place later this week to discuss further plans and finalize the schedule, sources have suggested that the BCCI wants to start the tournament from September 19.
IPL 2020 was scheduled to begin from 29th March, but the Coronavirus pandemic forced the Governing Council and BCCI to postpone the tournament indefinitely. But now UAE will be hosting the 13th edition of the tournament.
This will not be the first time that the country will be hosting the IPL. Earlier in 2014, UAE has hosted the first phase of the tournament as it was clashing with Lok Sabha Elections in India.
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.