IPL 2020 : For BCCI, the next port of call for IPL 2020, Home Ministry

The T20 World Cup is postponed and it is all set for the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) now. To get the IPL 2020 going, BCCI will soon approach the Union Home Minister Amit Shah for approval. The board will seek blessings of the Indian government for the 13th edition of IPL. As reported earlier, BCCI is planning to host the IPL 2020 season in UAE and for that to happen, BCCI need need to have approvals in place from the Sports Ministry, Ministry of External Affairs and Home Ministry. 
 
The BCCI will officially write to the ministry today. The clearances from all government departments should take two weeks and post that IPL 2020 can move to UAE. 

 “Hopefully, in next two weeks (BCCI) will seek clearances from the government for the tournament (IPL) to be played in the UAE,” IPL governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel declared. 

IPL 2020 : When will be the IPL Governing Council Meeting called ?
 
The date for the IPL Governing Council (GC) meeting can be fixed in next 24-48 hours. The source in the BCCI has told InsideSport that most probably the IPL GC under the chairmanship of Brijesh Patel will meet early next week, but the informal talks will start immediately. 
 
“In next 1-2 days we should decide the date of IPL Governing Council meeting, within a week the IPL GC meeting will be held where the next plan of action is to be discussed, ” said another BCCI official, who is also part of the IPL governing Council.
 
IPL 2020 : Why IPL GC is important on the way forward of IPL 2020 ?
 
The IPL Governing Council is the body that takes all decisions for the IPL. Be it the scheduling, datelines, operations, commercial calls – all decisions vest with IPL GC headed by Brijesh Patel. The IPL GC reports into BCCI. The IPL GC will decide about the exact schedules and datelines of IPL 2020. The view point of the official broadcasters Star India can also be taken into consideration. As a protocol, they will announce the official dates, plans and schedules for IPL 2020 and inform all the stakeholders about it. 
According to the info available with InsideSport, there will not be much of tweaking with the format of IPL 2020. With the postponement of Asia Cup Cricket & T20 World Cup, IPL 2020 will get 2 month free window. So the time constraint will not be the issue for the organizers of IPL 2020.
 
The old format of IPL, i.e each team plays each other two times will still be kept alive. The only change would be that as the tournament moves to UAE – home & away concept will not apply to IPL 2020.
 
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Meanwhile InsideSport has also learnt from its sources, the IPL franchises have also got into a action mode as they also have been informally informed about IPL 2020 in UAE.