Brijesh Patel, chairman of the IPL Governing Council, has confirmed that the BCCI has picked the United Arab Emirates because the venue for the 13th version of the Indian Premier League and that plans are in movement to make sure a full-fledged match is hosted and never only a truncated one.
On Monday, the ICC introduced the postponement of the T20 World Cup which was scheduled to be held in Australia between October 18 and November 15 later this 12 months, and the choice clears the coast for the BCCI to organize hosting the IPL which in the intervening time stands postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Several stories recommend that the board is eyeing the IPL from September 26 to November 8, however Patel mentioned the dates shall be finalized solely as soon as the govt provides them the go-ahead. Patel additional the IPL GC is because of conduct a gathering in roughly per week’s time to determine on particulars of the IPL 2020.
“The IPL GC will meet within a week or 10 days and all decisions (including final schedule) will be taken there. As of now, the plan is to have a full-fledged IPL comprising 60 games and most likely in the UAE,” Patel informed PTI. “Just the operational side of it [is a challenge]. Whether you do it here or outside, it doesn’t matter (with no crowds).”
The UAE isn’t any stranger to hosting the IPL. In 2014, attributable to common elections within the nation, the IPL moved to the Emirates for its first-half, with Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium and the Dubai International Stadium combining to host the primary 20 matches of the version. Last month, the UAE had provided to host the IPL and Patel revealed the BCCI is more likely to inform the nation of its plans.
“We will do that now. UAE had anyway offered to host the tournament, now we will confirm them now. But before that, we need to confirm the dates and inform the Emirates Cricket Board accordingly. For now, no dates have been locked,” Patel informed Sportstar.
“UAE is well-organised in terms of infrastructure. We have played there before, so we are aware of the facilities. The Asia Cup has been played there. It has also hosted other international fixtures in the past. So, in terms of cricketing infrastructure, they have everything. There are also enough hotels.”