The much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) likely to begin in the UAE on 19 September and its final will be played on 8 November. Top sources of BCCI gave this information to PTI on Thursday.
The IPL Governing Council will meet next week to finalize and approve the program. It is learned that the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) has conveyed its plan to the franchisees.
A senior BCCI official has said that there is a possibility that the IPL will start on September 19 (Saturday) and the final will be played on November 8 (Sunday).
This way it will run for 51 days and will be compatible with stakeholders other than franchisees and broadcasters. The IPL has become possible after the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to postpone the T20 World Cup to be held in October-November.
There was speculation that the IPL would start on September 26 but the BCCI wants to start it a week earlier so that the Indian team’s Australian tour is not affected.
The official said that the Indian team will have to remain on quarantine for 14 days upon arrival there as per the Australian Government rules. It can cause trouble with delay.
He said that the good thing about this 51-day program would be that it would reduce the number of two matches held in a day. With the tournament running for seven weeks, we can stick to the original schedule of having two matches for five days.
Each team will need a month’s time to practice and the franchisees will reach the venue by 20 August. This will give them four weeks of preparation time.