| PTI Updated: 24 Jul 2020, 01:28:00 PM IST
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 Brajesh 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 International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to postpone the T20 World Cup to be held in October-November has made the IPL possible.
Patel said the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is being prepared to avoid the threat of the Covid-19pandemic 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 left the decision to his government. Nevertheless 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-19test 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 on September 26 but the BCCI has decided to start it a week earlier so that the Indian team's Australian tour would not be affected.
The official said on the condition of anonymity, “The Indian team will have to stay on the quarantine for 14 days as per the Australian Government rules. It can cause problems with delay. ”He said,“ The good thing about this 51-day program is that it will reduce the number of matches in two days in a day. With the tournament running for seven weeks, we can stay on the original schedule of having 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 scheduled to be held in late March but was postponed indefinitely due to Corona virus epidemic and travel restrictions. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, however, said that the IPL will take place this year.