September 19-November 8 Window For IPL 13: The IPL Governing Council will meet next week in which it will be finalized and the program will be approved. It is learned that the BCCI has conveyed its plan to the franchisee.
The much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) will start on 19 September in the United Arab Emirates and its final will be played on 8 November. IPL chairman Brijesh Patel gave this information on Friday. The IPL Governing Council will meet next week to finalize and approve the program. It is learned that the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) has conveyed its plan to the franchisees.
Patel said, “The Governing Council will meet soon but we have decided the schedule. It will start from 19 September to 8 November. We hope to get government approval. It will be a full 51-day IPL. The IPL has become possible after the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to postpone the T20 World Cup to be held in October-November.
Patel said the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is being prepared to avoid the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic and the BCCI will officially write to the Emirates Cricket Board. Patel said, ‘We are making SOP and it will be ready in a few days. Whether or not to allow viewers will depend on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government. We have left the decision on this to his government. Never the less, social distance has to be followed. We will also officially write to the UAE board. ‘
There are three grounds available in UAE which are Dubai International Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi) and Sharjah Ground. It is learned that the BCCI will hire the ICC Academy ground to train the teams. The ICC Academy has two full-size cricket grounds, as well as 38 turf pitches, six indoor pitches, 5700 square feet of outdoor conditioning area with physiotherapy and medical centers.
According to the current health protocol in Dubai, if people are bringing their Covid-19 test report negative, then they do not have to stay in the quarantine, but if it is not so, they will have to undergo investigation. There was speculation that the IPL would start from 26 September but the BCCI has decided to start it a week earlier so that the Indian team’s Australian tour is not affected.
The official, on condition of anonymity, said, “The Indian team will have to stay on the quarantine for 14 days as per the Australian Government rules. It can cause trouble with delay. ‘ He said, ‘The good thing about this 51 day program will be that it will reduce the number of matches in two days in a day. With the tournament running for seven weeks, we can stick to the original schedule of organizing two matches for five days.
Each team will need a month’s time to practice and the franchisees will reach the venue by 20 August. This will give them four weeks of preparation time. The Indian team has to play a four-Test series in Australia, whose first match will be played in Brisbane from December 3. The IPL was to be held from late March but it was postponed indefinitely due to Coronavirus epidemic and travel restrictions. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, however, said that the IPL will take place this year.