The most awaited Indian Premier League will start from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates, and the finale is scheduled on November 8.
Although next week, the IPL Governing Committee will meet to review the final details and approve the schedule, the BCCI is well-understood to notify franchisees about the plan informally.
A senior BCCI official told PTI “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”
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IPL was prompted by the decision of the ICC to delay the World Cup T20 from October-November in Australia as host countries claimed that their nation was unable to carry out the increasing cases.
Though there was news that IPL will begin from 26 September, the BCCI agreed to advance it by a week to make sure Australia by the Indian team’s tour of Australia is not compromised.
There will be a mandatory 14-day quarantine by the Indian team, as given by the Australian Government regulations.
“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 the original five doubleheaders in a seven-week window,” the official said.
The franchises are scheduled by August 20 to depart the foundation, giving them precisely four weeks to prepare.