The postponement of the T20 World Cup has raised the possibility of a full IPL (Indian Premier League) event. Meeting dates will also be announced within the next week or 10 days.
Before that, IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel has announced that the tournament will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) itself. Patel said that he has sought permission from the Government of India for the event. If the government gives permission, further planning of the tournament will be prepared.
Due to Covid-19, the IPL could not be played at its scheduled time. The ICC postponed the proposed T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November this year, giving time for the IPL to be held.
IPL Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel said, “The council will meet within a week or 10 days and take every decision (final schedule).” The plan so far is to have a full 60-match IPL. It is more likely that it will be held in the UAE.”
When asked about the main challenges in organizing the tournament under the current circumstances, Patel said, “The difficulty is only with the event. Whether you organize it in or out of the country, it does not matter much because there will be no spectators in the stadium.”
Even before the ICC announcement, the IPL franchises started working on their plans. With most Indian players not having access to the field during the pandemic, teams will need at least three to four weeks to prepare.
In such a situation, foreign players will reach the UAE directly from their countries. A team owner said, “Our players will need at least three to four weeks of practice. We will finalize all our plans once the dates are announced from the BCCI. It looks like the IPL will be in the UAE and we are ready for it.”
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