Everything you need to know about IPL 2020
The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to kick-off on September 19. It will take place in UAE for the first time in their history due to COVID-19.
It was just a matter of time for the news to be official about the kick-off date of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and IPL chairman Brijesh Patel finally broke out the news on Friday that the tournament will start on September 19.
After the cancellation of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 and the Asia Cup, the chance for the IPL to take place grew higher. The tournament was to originally start from March 29 but the coronavirus outbreak resulted in cricket action being brought to a halt across the globe.
This will be the second time when IPL will happen outside India. South Africa hosted the tournament back in 2009 due to the elections in India. UAE will host the tournament this time for the first time. The final will be played on November 19, which means the tournament will run for a total of 51 days.
So far, New Zealand Cricket and Cricket South Africa have issued No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to their respective players who have deals with IPL franchises. Now only time can tell if the players will agree to travel to UAE or not considering the situations. All cricket boards are expected to issue NOCs with Cricket Australia waiting for an official confirmation from BCCI regarding the venue and fixtures.
The evening matches are likely to start at 8:00 PM BDT. However, it is still unknown if there will be two matches in a day or not like before.