COVID-19 pandemic is still wreaking havoc in many parts of the world. International cricket remained suspended for more than 100 days since March 2020. Recently it resumed with England-West Indies Test series. Not only that, Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and Indian Premier League (IPL) are also slated to start from August and September.
IPL 2020 was originally scheduled to start on March 29. But due to the pandemic situation, it was postponed for an indefinite period. Recently IPL chairman Brijesh Patel revealed that IPL 2020 will begin on September 19. The final will be played on November 10. Earlier it was reported that the final will take place on November 8. But during the IPL Governing Council’s meeting on Sunday, the date was changed to include the Diwali week in IPL. The evening matches of this year’s IPL will start at 7:30 PM IST. We will see 10 double-headers this season. However, the entire schedule of IPL 2020 yet to be finalized. According to sources, it will be announced soon. “We have decided to go up till November 10 and so the final will be held on a weekday for the first time. Also, to ensure that there are enough gaps between games considering the traveling and the bio-secure environment and keeping all these things in mind, we will have 10 double-headers this season,” said an official as published by the Times of India.
IPL franchises asked to start the visa process
Meanwhile, the BCCI has asked the IPL franchises to start the visa process. Earlier it was reported that around 30-50% of seats will be filled up by the spectators. However, the final decision will have to be taken by the Emirates Cricket Board. The board official said, “It would be great to have some fans come in as that would boost the morale of the players for sure. But what needs to be remembered is that the safety of the players is a priority. So, these are things we will discuss with the ECB at the right time.”