| | Updated: 20 Jul 2020, 08:05:00 AM IST
The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has a good plan for the Indian Premier League (IPL). He wants the league to begin on 26 September (Saturday) and end on 8 November (Sunday). 60 matches should be played in a total of 44 days. Broadcaster Star India and franchisees are also aware of this. However, he is not happy with this schedule. The reason for this is the week of Diwali.
According to sources, Star wants ad deals during this schedule and wants to make good use of Diwali week. Diwali is on 14 November and Star wants the IPL to end at the end of that week. Those opposing the BCCI's schedule say this will mean more afternoon matches, which will affect visibility and ratings.
That's why BCCI wants such a schedule
The BCCI's lack of enthusiasm for Diwali dates stems from its commitment to Cricket Australia (CA). Indeed, India will visit Australia later this year for a four-Test series starting on December 3, for which the team will have to go much earlier.
A senior board official said, “If the IPL ends by 8 November, the team can fly to Australia on 10. To undergo mandatory Covid-19scrutiny, practice and warm-up matches have to be resumed in time so that the first test can start from the scheduled time. Apart from this, India wants to play a day-night warm-up match before the proposed day-night test and it will be included in the schedule.
The IPL is to be held temporarily from 26 September to 8 November. However the Governing Council is yet to hold a final meeting and approve it. The dates are expected to be made public after the International Cricket Council (ICC) formally announced the postponement of this year's T20 World Cup. Star bought IPL broadcast rights in 2018 with a consolidated bid of Rs 16,347 crore and paid BCCI Rs 3,500 to Rs 4,000 crore as part of a five-year rights cycle. Cricket Australia last week announced a 65-day window of 65 matches for its T20 asset, the Big Bash League (BBL), from 3 December to 6 February.