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IPL 2020 Dates Announced, from September 19 to November 8 - See full details

IPL (Indian Premium League) 2020 Dates Announced - From September 19 to November 8

IPL (Indian Premium League) 2020

Brijesh Patel - the Governing Council chairman of the Indian Premium League confirms on July 24 that the 2020 edition of the IPL tournament will be played between September 19 and November 8.
The tournament will be held in UAE, pending all government clearances.

The notice of the same has been sent to the 8 franchises.

Earlier in the week, the BCCI has zoned in on the United Arab Emirates as the venue for the 13th edition of the tournament after long deliberations of hosting it in India had failed following the worsening of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

"We have had a discussion and we are looking at the September 10 to November 8 window for this edition of the league. We have informed the franchise about the same," Patel told. 

The Caribbean Premium League is slated to end on September 10, while England and Australia players will be engaging in a series in the UK till September 15. The narrow gap between could become an issue, but Patel said they will be discussed in the Government Council meeting that is to be held next week.

"Shouldn't be a problem. The England-Australia series ends on September 15. So, we should have them flying directly to Dubai. We will discuss the final matters in the governing council meeting next week," he said.

The postponement of the Men's T20 World Cup opened up a window for the IPL to be held

The official announcement might happen only after the Governing Council meeting, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has joined the franchises in making logistical plans.

Apart from the IPL teams, logistic and operations teams from the BCCi will also be heading to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah to see to it that preparations are on its full swing and there are no execution woes. If the UAE airlines don't start operations then it all will fall back on chartered planes.

The Emirate Cricket Board, and SLC, had approached the BCCI with the offer of playing host to the IPL, stating that that had the required infrastructure for it. With the ICC postponing the Men's T20 World Cup - originally scheduled to be held from October 18 to November 15 - a window opened up for IPL to be held.

The ICC on Monday announced that the T20 World Cup cannot be held in Australia in October-November as the time isn't conducive to host so many teams in the country as the threat of the coronavirus pandemic isn't over yet. This has opened the doors for the BCCI to host the IPL in that window.

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