IPL 2020 tentative schedule revealed - tournament from September 26 to November 8
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Jul 20, 2020, 11:22 am
The thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was initially planned to be played in April-May, had to be postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, with a new schedule since then not finalized owing to the situation around the country. However, things look to be changing now as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly planned a tentative schedule for the cash-rich tournament.
According to latest reports, the BCCI is looking to organize IPL 2020 between September 26 and November 8 for a period of 44 days, which will see roughly around 60 matches being played. It is being said that discussions regarding the schedule had been going on for nearly a couple of weeks now with it being recommended last Friday during the BCCI Apex Couiplncil meeting. As of now, an approval is yet to be greenlit after the governing council meet for a final discussion on it. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is expected to make a formal announcement regarding the postponement of this year's T20 World Cup after which the dates for IPL 2020 will be made known to the public.
Apparently, the tentative schedule will allow Indian cricket team players participating in the IPL to finish the tournament and fly to Australia by November 10, undergo COVID-19 tests and begin practice along with playing warm-up matches before the first test Down Under starts off as earlier scheduled in December. Furthermore, reports indicate India could likely play in a day-night warm-up match ahead of the planned day-night test match, which will add more days to the series schedule.
Having said that, there are also reports stating that broadcasting giant Star India along with the franchise teams have expressed a few reservations about the tight schedule for IPL 2020. It is being said that Star is looking to make maximum use of the Diwali week, in order to capitalize on advertisements and endorsements during the festive occasion since the COVID-19 outbreak has affected them drastically. Considering Diwali will be celebrated on November 14 this year, Star is reportedly looking to use the conclusion of the IPL to its benefit.
The BCCI, on the other hand, is not keen on this schedule since the Indian cricket team's four-Test tour to Australia begins on December 3 and the players will have to quarantine themselves before its start. It is to be noted that BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has stated that he hopes for IPL 2020 to be conducted in India itself with reports indicating the tournament could be played in UAE in case it were to not to go ahead within the country.