The Indian Premier League (IPL) final is currently announced on 8 November but is being considered for 10 November. The broadcaster wants to make full use of the week of Diwali.
Edited By Bharat Malhotra | | Updated: 30 Jul 2020, 08:44:00 AM IST
- The IPL final can be extended from 8 to 10 November.
- The stakeholders particularly want the broadcasters to make more use of the Diwali week.
- IPL Governing Council meeting to be held on this weekend, may be decided.
K. Srinivasa Rao, Mumbai
It may be considered to increase the date of the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council tournament from November 8 to November 10. All the stakeholders behind it – especially broadcasters Star India – have a chance to make more use of the Diwali 2020 date. Any final decision on this will be taken in the meeting of the Governing Council to be held in the next three days. This year, Diwali is on 14 November.
The extension of two days means that the Indian team will fly directly from the UAE for the India tour of Australia 2020 and will not come to India.
The IPL schedule was announced between 19 September to 8 November. These dates are being discussed since last one week. However, when the IPL GC meeting on weekend ends this weekend through teleconferencing, it may be considered to extend the final two days. This will increase the tournament from 51 days to 53 days.
Our affiliate newspaper Times of India reported last week that the broadcasters are not very happy with this schedule. And he has lodged his objections about it. Star wants to make the most of Diwali week. After this, the IPL Governing Council decided to get it done from September 19 instead of 26. This reduced the league to 51 days instead of 44.
If the date is extended this time also, this will be the first time the league finals will not take place on Sunday (IPL Final 2020). It is Tuesday on 10 November. But people watching the matter closely say, 'If the entire week of Diwali is the weekend, then there will be no problem in it.
BCCI sources had earlier said that it would not be possible to make the final date from 8 to 10 November as the Indian team has to leave for Australia immediately after the IPL due to the commitments made with Cricket Australia. That is, if the date is extended then the Indian team will leave for Australia directly after the tournament from the UAE. Although the first plan was that the players would return to India before going there.
A source closely observing the matter says, “Even those players with no IPL match remaining will remain in the UAE and practice in the camp there. As soon as the IPL ends, the rest of the players – who were busy playing knock out matches – will join the rest of the team and the entire team will fly together from there.
All these decisions are still being considered and the final decision will be taken in the meeting of the Governing Council.