Indian Premier League Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel on Friday said IPL 2020 will be held across all 3 cities in the UAE from September 19 to November 8.
The novel coronavirus pandemic brought normal lives to a grinding halt and has had a massive impact on the global sporting calendar. Major tournaments, including the Tokyo Olympics, Wimbledon, Men's T20 World Cup, were either postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic.
Indian cricket was no expectation. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 missed the April-May deadline as it was indefinitely suspended due to the pandemic.
However, after months of uncertainty, it has emerged that IPL 2020 will be held in the UAE. The cash-rich T20 tournament will be played between September 19 and November 8 in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel told indiatoday.in on Thursday. The latest development comes after BCCI roped in on the window available after the postponement of T20 World Cup and Asia Cup in 2020.
An official announcement will be made by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) soon. The IPL Governing Council will meet within a week to discuss the next steps, subject to government approval for hosting the tournament in the UAE.
While the IPL kicked-off in 2008 as one of the sport's latest experiments to generate more interest for the sport, the T20 league has become a household entity, gaining a lot of popularity over the years.
As expected, the latest developments around IPL 2020 has given cricket fans something to cheer for. International cricket resumed with the ongoing England vs West Indies Test series and more cricket looks likely in the coming months.
Royal Challengers Bangalore took to social media on Friday to express their delight at the recent developments with regards to IPL 2020.
"Coming soon, this IPL 2020... The Excitement. The Passion. The Intensity. The Drama. The Challenger Spirit.
"Royal Challengers Bangalore can't wait to #PlayBold. Are you with us?" RCB wrote in its social media post.
Former India and Chennai Super Kings batsman Subramaniam Badrinath said IPL 2020 going ahead in september-November window is 'very good news' for the sport.
"Fasten your seat belts #IPL2020 a reality , a packed schedule of exciting cricket , but protocols and regulations too ,very good news for the game and I can't wait for the ride," Badrinath wrote.
Meanwhile, badminton star Kidambi Srikanth echoes millions of MS Dhoni fans' sentiments with a social media post that is going viral.
"Great to know #IPL2020 is happening. I'm excited and looking forward to see @msdhoni play again!"
MS Dhoni has not played international cricket since India's exit in the 2019 World Cup semi-final. Dhoni, who had taken a sabbatical from competitive cricket after the World Cup, geared up for IPL 2020 before it was postponed due to the pandemic.
Dhoni had led a CSK camp in Chennai wherein he trained with his teammates before it was suspended.
With the T20 World Cup in 2020 postponed, fans will be more than eager to watch Dhoni in action in what seems to be the only competitive tournament he will be involved in this year.
Popular sports broadcaster Harsha Bhogle also took to social media and said: "The decks are clearing for #IPL2020. 51 days means it is not full of double headers either. I guess the next step, post Govt approvals, will be to work with health and quarantine protocols in the UAE to determine procedures for playing and broadcasting."
IPL 2020 will have a 51-day window that will allow the organisers to have a full-length tournament as opposed to earlier reports of a shortened tournament. IPL had announced 6 double-headers in the initial schedule and it is likely the count will not increase much in the new schedule which is expected after the Governing Council meeting.
Source - INDIA TODAY