IPL 2020 set to start from September 3rd week: Reports
According to the reports, the much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) will start on September 19 with the final to be played on November 8 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The IPL Governing Council will meet next week to finalize the dates and release the schedule. But, the BCCI has informed the franchises about this plan.
“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 told PTI.
The T20 Cricket World Cup was supposed to play this year at Australia. But, Cricket Australia was not interested to invite other countries due to the dangerous COVID-19 pandemic. The BCCI has made IPL possible after receiving the official news about the postponement of Twenty20 World Cup.
“The Indian team will have a mandatory quarantine of 14 days as per the Australian government rules. A delay would have sent the plans haywire,” the official said.
‘The best part is that 51 days is not at all a curtailed period and there will be much fewer doubleheaders. We could stick to original five doubleheaders in the seven-week window,” he added.
According to the reports, the IPL franchise should reach the hosting country at least a month before IPL starts. It gives them exactly four weeks time to prepare for the cash-rich T20 league.