The IPL has been made possible by the postponement of the ICC’s T20 World Cup which was scheduled to commence in the October-November window in Australia due to the increasing COVID-19 Pandemic due to which the host country expressed its inability to conduct the mega event.
The eagerly awaited IPL will kick start on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates with the final scheduled on November 8th, top BCCI sources told the media on Thursday. While the IPL Governing Council will meet next week to confirm the final details & approve IPL schedule it is understood that the BCCI has informally highlighted the franchises about the 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 on conditions of anonymity.
The IPL has been possible by the ICC’s decision to postpone the October-November T20 World Cup in Australia owing to the COVID-19 Pandemic due to which the host country expressed its inability to conduct the events.
There were speculations that the IPL will start from September 26 & the BCCI decided to advance it by a week in order to ensure that the Indian team’s tour of Australia is not affected. “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 a seven-week window,” the official said.
It is said that every team will need at least a month’s time to train & the franchises will be leaving base by August 20 which gives them four weeks’ time to prepare for the much awaited cash rich league.