The Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) fans in India need to adjust their time clocks. IPL 2020 is likely to start early. The evening games of IPL 2020 is expected to start at 7.30PM instead of routine 8:00 PM. Not only this, deliberations will also be done to increase the 44 day IPL window (Sep 26th to Nov 8th) to 51 days to reduce double headers in IPL 2020. These are some of the the suggestions IPL Governing Council (IPL GC) will deliberate when they meet either Friday or Saturday under the chairmanship of Brijesh Patel.
Patel earlier on Tuesday confirmed IPL 2020 in UAE subject to government approvals.
‘IPL 2020 will now be held in UAE. BCCI has applied for government permissions and IPL GC will discuss the further course of action”, said Patel.
IPL 2020 : IPL Governing Council on Friday – Saturday ?
Though neither Patel nor any BCCI official confirmed the date for IPL GC, some of the franchises InsideSport spoke to suggested that governing council meeting is planned for Friday evening.
“We are yet to be officially informed about plans for IPL 2020, but informally we are told to get ready. I think by Friday-Saturday all clarity will come on the dates and schedules of IPL. We from our side have started gearing up for the season”, said one of the key member of KingsXI management.
Meanwhile InsideSport has learnt from its sources that IPL GC will deliberate on the following points –
1) Schedules, Dates, Format of IPL 2020
2) Standard Operating Procedures for players, franchises, sponsors and broadcasters
3) Calls on Logistics
4) Commercial Sponsorships – 2 IPL Central Sponsorship places are yet to be filled
5) Discussion with Star Sports on Scheduling, production protocols and match timings
6) Liaison with Emirates Cricket BOARD
IPL 2020 : Meanwhile Emirates Cricket Board still waiting to hear from BCCI
The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) hasn’t been “officially” notified on the matter. The governing council’s meeting will also make the situation clear for the ECB who is still officially waiting to hear from the BCCI.
InsideSport last spoke to ECB spokesperson on Saturday and were told that all 3 venues in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi are completely match ready and IPL 2020 can be conducted without any extra preparations.
The ECB also had previously promised all possible measures, including bio-security, should the BCCI prefer the UAE. So much so that they had even assured bio-secure tunnels at the grounds.