Dubai, September 6
Ending days of anxious wait, the BCCI on Sunday launched the schedule for the upcoming IPL, and consistent with custom, defending champions Mumbai Indians will tackle runners-up Chennai Super Kings within the opener in Abu Dhabi on September 19.
Moved out of India because of a surge in COVID-19 circumstances, the upcoming version of the world’s largest T20 league can be held within the three venues of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah within the UAE.
After the tournament-opener, Dubai will host its first recreation the following day when Delhi Capitals tackle Kings XI Punjab adopted by the third match on Monday between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The motion will then shift to Sharjah on September 22 when Rajasthan Royals will host Chennai Super Kings.
There can be 10 double headers, with the primary match beginning at 3:30 pm IST and the second 7:30 pm, based on BCCI launch.
In all, 24 matches can be held in Dubai, 20 in Abu Dhabi and 12 in Sharjah.
Venues for the playoffs and the IPL 2020 last can be introduced later. The last is slated for November 10. PTI