The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally found a potential window for the indefinite postponed Indian Premier League (IPL). According to reports, the thirteenth edition of the tournament will be played between September 26 and conclude on November 8. However, broadcaster and franchises seem “unhappy” with the tentative schedule given by the governing body.
IPL 2020 was originally scheduled to take place between March 29 and May 17 was pushed back to April 15 and later postponed indefinitely in due to the ongoing threats of the coronavirus pandemic. In the current development of the fate of the cash-rich tournament, United Arab Emirates (UAE) emerged as the temporary host of the IPL if the tournament is shifted outside India, for full news about which stadium, you can check at here: The stadiums in UAE that likely to host the IPL season.
According to BCCI’s current tentative schedule, 60 games of the season will be played inside 44 days. However, Star India, the broadcasting partner of IPL is reportedly not happy with the ‘constricted scheduling’ by the BCCI and also wants to make the most of the Diwali week to lure advertisers. A press sources claim that Star wants IPL 2020 to end in the Diwali weekend.
“If the IPL concludes by November 8, the team can fly to Australia by the 10th, undergo the mandatory Covid tests and start with practice and warm-up matches so that the first Test can begin as scheduled. Also, India might want to play a day-night warm-up game ahead of the proposed day-night Test, and that will add days to the schedule,” a BCCI official told the news outlet.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had earlier demanded a shorter quarantine for players than 14 days in Australia. However, as per the Australian government’s directions, the Indian team will have to remain in 14-day quarantine ahead of the Test series and undergo COVID-19 tests before locking horns with the hosts in the 4-match rubber.
The BCCI is avoiding a massive loss of INR 4,000 crore if the cash-rich league gets cancelled. “We will have to examine our financial situation, see how much money we have and take a call. Not hosting the Indian Premier League (IPL) will cause losses to the tune of Rs 4,000 crore which is huge. If the IPL takes place, we won’t have to go in for pay cuts. We’ll manage things,” Ganguly told reporters.
Meanwhile, the final IPL dates are likely to be made public soon after the International Cricket Council (ICC) formally announces the postponement of this year’s T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Australia this year from October 18 to November 15. The BCCI is expected to announce further details after its Apex Council meeting on July 17.
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