IPL: Cricket fans worldwide are excited to witness the world’s richest cricket league – the Indian Premier League. IPL has been entertaining people across the nations since 2008. And 2020 is the first year since IPL’s inauguration where people couldn’t witness their favorite players in action during summer due to the corona pandemic.
The good news for the fans is that BCCI has officially announced that they are going to conduct full 51-day IPL. But the only disappointment for the fans is that the tournament is going to be held in UAE due to simpler COVID-19 protocols and bio-secure bubble issues in India.
“The IPL Governing Council will meet shortly, but we have finalized the schedule. It will run from September 19 to November 8. We expect government approval to come through. It is a full 51-day IPL,” said Brijesh Patel, IPL GC chairman. One small headache in front of BCCI is that, since 14-day quarantine is mandatory in Australia, Indian players have to be in Australia at least three weeks i.e., by November 13th or 14th, prior to the scheduled start of the series i.e., December 3 in order to complete the process of entering bio-secure bubble and to get accustomed to the weather conditions.
2020 IPL Facts
UAE’s rules decide whether crowd gatherings can happen or not during the matches. Players have to be tested negative before and after arrival. BCCI sends SOP to Emirates Cricket Board. Social Distancing should be maintained. A full detailed schedule will be released once the IPL body gets approval from the government. More double headers should be planned as the tournament’s length got reduced to 51 days from 59 days.
England and Australian players might miss the initial few matches as Eng vs. Australia series schedule coincides with the expected IPL schedule. CPL players also might miss the first IPL match.
Pollard, Rutherford, Lynn, Bravo, Tahir, Curran, and Hazlewood might miss the IPL opener either due to Eng vs. Aus series or due to their prior commitment towards CPL.
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