We are going to get our long overdue entertainment; the most awaited Indian Premier League will start on September 19 2020 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel has made the official statement while talking to media. The final match of the 13th edition of the tournament will be played on November 8. The speculations had been made earlier that BCCI informed franchises about their plan of conducting IPL outside of India.
Patel further said that Standard Operating Procedure to combat the Covid-19 threat is being prepared and the BCCI will formally write to Emirates Cricket Ground. To allow crowd or not depends on UAE government. Anyway social distancing has to be maintained.
There are three grounds available in UAE; Dubai International Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi) and Sharjah ground.
The IPL has been made possible by the ICC’s (Indian Cricket Council) decision to postpone the October-November T20 World Cup in Australia owing to the Covid-19 Pandemic due to which the host country expressed its inability to conduct the event. The Emirates Cricket Board, and SLC, had approached the BCCI with the offer of playing host to the IPL, stating that they had the required infrastructure for this.
MS Dhoni’s fans find it really difficult to keep the lid over their emotions as they are eagerly waiting to watch him play. He was set to make a comeback to cricket in the IPL – which was initially set to take place in March and CSK had already started their training camp – but things came to a halt due to the pandemic and the tournament was postponed indefinitely. Now, with the confirmation of the IPL dates, it is certain that Dhoni will lead the CSK troops in the T20 tournament. More details regarding the plan of departure for teams and the full schedule of the tournament will be decided at the IPL Governing Council meeting next week.