IPL to start in UAE on Sept 19: BCCI

New Delhi, July 24

The eagerly-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) will begin on September 19 within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the ultimate slated for November 8, well-placed BCCI sources have advised PTI.

While the IPL Governing Council will meet subsequent week to chalk out the ultimate particulars and approve the schedule, it’s understood that the BCCI has informally intimated the franchises in regards to 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 advised PTI on situation of anonymity on Thursday evening.

The IPL has been made doable by the ICC’s choice to postpone the October-November T20 World Cup in Australia owing to the COVID-19 pandemic attributable to which the host nation expressed its incapability to conduct the occasion.

While there was hypothesis that the IPL will begin from September 26, the BCCI determined to advance it by per week with a view to be certain that the Indian crew’s tour of Australia will not be jeopardised.

“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 mentioned.

“The best part is that 51 days is not at all a curtailed period and there will be much less double headers. We could stick to original five double headers in seven-week window,” he added.

The Indians are set to play a four-match Test collection in opposition to Australia beginning December three in Brisbane.

It is predicted that with every crew needing at the least a month’s time to coach, the IPL franchises can be leaving base by August 20 which provides them precisely 4 weeks to arrange.

The cash-rich occasion was initially scheduled to start out on the finish of March however the COVID-19 pandemic and the journey restrictions that have been put in place to include the virus, led to an indefinite postponement.

However, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly maintained that the occasion can be held someday this yr. PTIĀ 

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