The tentative March 29 to May 24 Indian Premier League 2020 schedule may be amended to ensure that a majority of the overseas players are available right from the onset of the tournament.
Change of the dates may primarily be necessitated due to New Zealand-Australia and England-Sri Lanka bilateral series. Australia are scheduled to play their last T20 International on the trans-Tasman tour on March 29 in Hamilton. England’s tour of Sri Lanka is scheduled to conclude on March 31 with the second Test. That means leading players from the four teams will not be able to join their IPL teams before the first week of April.
Since the Board of Control for Cricket in India has not announced the final schedule for the IPL 2020, the starting dates may still be amended also to ensure that the players from these four teams are available for the proposed ‘All Stars’ match.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had informally said in January that the 13th edition of the IPL will kick off on March 29 and the final will be played on May 24
National daily Times of India quoting an anonymous source in the BCCI has reported that the start date of the T20 extravaganza would need to be re-looked by India’s board representative at the ICC (and ICC meetings), which is yet to be confirmed.
“Once there’s clarity on who’ll be India’s board representative at ICC, that individual will also have to be at the ICC meetings. They’ll have to take a re-look at the starting date of the IPL once again,” the daily has reported the source as saying.
The date and venue of the next ICC CEC meeting is yet to be finalized. However, BCCI secretary Jay Shah is expected to attend the meeting as India’s CEC representative.