The Indian Premier League (IPL) is finally looking a reality. As reported by InsideSport earlier, the BCCI has zeroed down on the window of September 26th to November 8th for IPL 2020 this year in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
But according to a report, IPL broadcaster Star Sports wants to extend the IPL schedule by a week. Reason, Diwali is on 14th November and Star wants to en-cash the traditional advertise boom during the Diwali week.
InsideSport tried reaching out to Star India but could not get any response.
IPL 2020 : IPL broadcaster Star India wants Diwali, IPL Governing Council to take final call
Will BCCI make changes in schedule as per the wishes of the IPL broadcaster? IPL Governing Council is authorized to take call on this.
BCCI is yet to finalize the exact schedule and format for the 13th edition of IPL.
As soon as the ICC announce the postponement of the T20 World Cup, immediately IPL Governing Council (GC) meeting will be called by the BCCI. The IPL GC headed by Brijesh Patel will decide the exact schedule and format of IPL 2020.
The view point of the official broadcasters Star India can be taken into consideration during the IPL GC meeting. The IPL GC will inform the franchise and other stakeholders about the schedules and format for the IPL 2020 post their meeting.
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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