Jul 22, 2020

IPL 2020 in UAE: BCCI awaits government nod Featured

The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council chairman Brijesh Patel on Tuesday confirmed that the 2020 edition of the tournament is shifting to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the BCCI has requested the government of India for an approval on the same.

TOI understands that the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) hasn't been "officially" notified on the matter yet as the said official letter is pending. A governing council meeting of the IPL is expected on July 24, following which an air of finality can prevail.

Meanwhile, a day after the industry echoed broadcasters Star India's sentiments on the proposed schedule missing out on the Diwali week, it appears BCCI has other plans to "accommodate" their biggest stakeholders.

The board is all set to allow following things: A) An early start to evening matches, possibly slated to begin at 7.30 pm IST; B) Advancing IPL by a week and beginning the tournament on September 19 instead of 26; C) A possible three-match white ball series versus South Africa in UAE; D) Combination of B+C - provided there is consensus within the BCCI.