IPL 2020 to be held from 19 September to 8 November in UAE

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IPL 2020 SCHEDULE AND VENUE:-

The much-awaited and the grandest cricket league Indian Premier League will start on 19 September in the United Arab Emirates with the final to be staged on 8 November, confirms IPL chairman Brijesh Patel on Friday.

The event’s Governing Council will meet next week to confirm out the final details and approve the schedule, it is understood that the BCCI has informally intimated the franchises about the plan.

Patel confirmed the progress after PTI outlined the dates on Thursday.”The Governing Council will meet shortly but we have finalized the schedule. It will run from 19 September to 8 November. We expect government approval to come through. It is a full 51-day IPL,”

The IPL has been made viable by the ICC’s decision to postpone the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia owing to the global coronavirus pandemic due to which the host country expressed its inability to conduct the event.

Patel further added that all the Procedures and steps will be taken and prepared to combat the COVID-19 threat and the BCCI will formally write to the Emirates Cricket Board.

Patel added “We are making the Standard Operating Procedures 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 grounds available for the IPL matches in the UAE are Dubai International Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi) and the Sharjah ground.

Reports claimed that BCCI will be renting the grounds of the ICC Academy for the training of the teams.

As per the reports in order to maintain health protocol in Dubai, there is no need to be in quarantine if people are carrying a negative COVID-19 test report, but if they are not, they will have to undergo a test.

There was long speculation that the IPL will be scheduled from 26 September, the BCCI took the decision and decided to advance it by a week in order to ensure that the Indian team’s tour of Australia is not put on the line

BCCI official said “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,”

He said “The best part is that 51 days is not at all a curtailed period and broadcasters will be happy with full seven-week window,”

While the original schedule had five double-headers, the new one will feature around 12 double-headers which means two matches each on both Saturdays and Sundays.

The Indians cricket team will be going to play a four-match Test series against Australia starting 3 December in Brisbane once IPL will be over.

It is expected that each team will need at least a month’s time to train, the IPL franchises will be leaving base by August 20 which gives them ample amount of time to prepare for the game.

The grand event was originally scheduled to start at the end of March but with the wake of coronavirus pandemic and the travel restrictions led to an indefinite postponement of the event

However, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had always informed that the event will be held sometime this year.

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