The Cricket Board of India T20 tournament, the Indian Premier League, is being discussed for many days. The way for India's tournament was cleared after the International Cricket Council postponed the T20 World Cup. IPL chairman Brijesh Patel has announced that the tournament will be held in the UAE for which the approval of the Government of India is awaited.
IPL can start in United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 19 September and its final will be played on 8 November. Top sources of BCCI gave this information on Thursday. The IPL Governing Council will meet next week to finalize and approve the program. It is learned that the BCCI has conveyed its plan to the franchisees.
BCCI senior official said, “There is a possibility that the IPL will start on September 19 (Saturday) and the final will be played on November 8 (Sunday).” In this way, it will run for 51 days and it will be compatible with stakeholders other than franchisees and broadcasters.
There was speculation that the IPL would start from 26 September but the BCCI wants to start it a week earlier so that the Indian team's Australian tour will not affected.
The official said, “The Indian team will have to stay on the quarantine for 14 days upon arrival there as per the Australian Government rules. It can cause trouble with delay. The good thing about this 51-day IPL event will be that it will reduce the duration of two matches in one day. With the tournament running for seven weeks, we can stick to the original schedule of organizing two matches for five days.”
Each team will need a month's time to practice. The franchisees will reach the venue by 20 August. This will give them four weeks of preparation time.