Cricket Aficionados must feel a great relief now as the 13th edition of IPL 2020 is confirmed to make a delightful appearance this year. IPL 2020 is all set to be played but, not in India. As said by the governing council of BCCI, Brijesh Patel, this year due to the spread of COVID-19 in India it seems like cities won’t be able to recover soon enough to host the IPL so, this season will be played at UAE. Starting from the 29th March when IPL was supposed to happen it has been postponing ever since. But, with this premise, the hope of all the cricket enthusiasts is finally rising.
Just like the old times, back in 2014 when due to the general election in India IPL was hosted in UAE, this year as well UAE is preferred to be most reliable. This is because UAE doesn’t have the quarantine rule, all the offices have the 100% attendance and the malls and markets are already open and tourists are welcomed again. At first, it was a choice between Sri Lanka and UAE as both places seem fit to host the IPL but since Sri Lanka is one of the latest affected countries by COVID-19 the UAE was the safest card to play.
The President of the governing council of BCCI, Brijesh Patel said that it is yet pending to take official permission from the Indian Government about the same. The two possible sets of dates BCCI is deciding for the tournament are
1) Sep 26th- Nov 7th
2) Sep 24th- Nov 14th
With 3 places to have matches i.e. Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai. The BCCI is yet to finalize the exact schedule and format. As soon as ICC announces the postponement of the T20 world cup, soon the meeting will be called by the BCCI by the same. The ECB (Emirates Cricket Board) id yet to be officially notified for the same.
The expected schedule seems like:
a) Early start to the evening matches, possibly at 7:30 IST
b)A possible 3 match white balls series v/s South Africa
c)Matches will be played to suit Indian prime time.
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