IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel revealed on Friday that the start of the 2020 competition is scheduled for 19 September with the Governing Council (GC) intending to meet next week to lay out the final details and approve the schedule. The competition will take place in the UAE after India was forced to postpone the event in March due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
“The GC will meet shortly but we have finalized the schedule. It will run from September 19 to November 8. We expect government approval to come through. It is a full 51-day IPL,” Patel said.
The IPL season will not clash with T20 World Cup after the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to postpone the October-November event in Australia due to the coronavirus crisis.
Crowd attendance at IPL games to be decided by UAE
Patel also stated that the possibility of crowd attendance at games will be decided by the UAE government and that if it was deemed safe for spectators social distancing and safety protocols would be maintained at al times. “We are making the SOP and it will be ready in a few days. The decision on whether to allow crowds or not lies with the UAE government. Anyway, social distancing has to be maintained. We have left it for their government to decide on that. We will also be writing to the UAE board formally,” Patel added.
The UAE has three available grounds for the tournament: Dubai