IPL-2020: Everything you need to know
On 23rd July 2020, Indian Premier League chairman announced that the 13th
edition of the maddening tournament is scheduled to go ahead from
September 19 – November 8 in UAE. This proposal is awaiting a final
confirmation from the Indian government.
The postponement of the T20 World Cup which was supposed to be held in Australia from October- November has opened the door for IPL 2020 to be held. This cash-strapped
league will be held across all 3 venues in UAE – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.
UAE recently hosted the Asia Cup 2018 and has shown that it has all the
facilities to host a major tournament. The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) is also
hopeful of getting their government’s clearance to fill 30 – 50% of the stadium
The members of the team will have to follow strict security protocols to keep
themselves protected from Covid-19. This includes each franchise forming its
own bio-secure bubble within which the team will only be interacting with a
limited number of people in their ecosystem. A similar bubble will also be
created for BCCI staff, broadcasters, etc. according to reports.
The players will also have to go through 4 rounds of coronavirus testing – two in India before
departure and twice during the quarantine period in UAE.
A critical governing council meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) took place on Sunday, 2th August 2020. Several important matters were discussed in the meeting such as the squad strength of the franchises and the issue of the participation of international players. The IPL is now scheduled to begin on September 19th and the finals are scheduled for November 10th and the BCCI has asked the franchises to start the visa procedures for their players.
Reporter: Rishit Roy