The postponement of the T20 World Cup has formally opened the window for the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2020. On Monday, the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced that the showpiece occasion shall be held subsequent 12 months.
Sportstar understands that the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) has short-listed two home windows — September 26 to November 7 and September 26 to November 14 — and now, it’s going to formally search clearance from the Indian authorities to host the IPL.
Although a number of the BCCI officers nonetheless declare that the efforts are on to host the event within the nation, it has been learnt that the United Arab Emirates has been chosen as the very best venue to host the franchise-based league.
Nonetheless, the franchises are nonetheless ready for an official phrase from the BCCI concerning the street forward. “Now we have been listening to a variety of issues. Formally, we’re but to listen to something from the board. Now that the T20 World Cup is formally postponed, it’s positively a ray of hope for the IPL,” one of many franchise bosses mentioned.
The IPL — initially scheduled within the March-Could window — needed to be placed on maintain as a result of coronavirus pandemic. To place issues so as, the IPL Governing Council is prone to meet subsequent week to deliberate on the longer term plan of action.
This publication spoke to a number of officers within the cricketing circles of the United Arab Emirates, who confirmed that they’re prepared to assist the BCCI in each doable manner. “Now we have all of the amenities and issues are protected right here, so it could be a terrific transfer if the IPL lastly comes right here once more. We’ll lengthen all our assist to the league,” a senior official, who was a part of the proceedings when the first-leg of the IPL was held within the UAE in 2014, mentioned.
With entry to 3 venues — Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi — conducting the matches could be simpler when it comes to logistics. “We should maintain the whole lot in thoughts as we begin preparation. However it will likely be a great factor to have the event, even within the UAE. We hope to have extra readability over the subsequent few weeks,” one of many franchise executives mentioned, indicating that they’ve began chalking out plans internally.
“There’s nonetheless a while and we have to be certain that we’re well-prepared,” he mentioned.