With the postponement of the ICC World T20, the IPL 2020 seems more likely to happen now. Earlier, the BCCI had hinted on staging the event in UAE which, in all probability, is possible amid the growing coronavirus concerns in India.
In an earlier statement, the BCCI said that their foremost priority would be to stage the entire tournament in India. The statement also added that they won’t hesitate in taking the tournament outside India if the COVID-19 situation doesn’t improve. As the cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, the best chance for the tournament to take place is by taking it outside India.
UAE remain the front-runner for staging IPL 13 that was initially scheduled between Mar 29 and May 17. The Apex Council of BCCI has already given its verdict on taking the tournament to UAE completely.
Possible Window To Stage IPL 2020
According to sources, the BCCI has identified a possible window for staging the event between Sep 26 and Nov 7. Now that the ICC has postponed the ICC World T20 2020, the BCCI can take the final call for scheduling IPL 2020 in this new window.
The BCCI is already doing correspondence with the Government of India about necessary permissions for shifting the tournament to UAE while also getting the travel permissions for all the players as well as officials to travel there.
It seems that the BCCI is interested in completing the entire tournament by 7th of November so that the Indian national players could get ample time for traveling to Australia in December for their 4-match Test Series.
UAE has also confirmed their availability and willingness to host the event and they’re just waiting for the green signal to come from BCCI.
“We are ready to fully support the IPL if it chooses to come and play in the UAE. We will provide all the support concerning the protocol and government permission required to host the IPL. We are waiting for written confirmation from BCCI,” ECB secretary, Mubashir Usmani said while talking to a popular news outlet.
If the plans go ahead, it won’t be the first time for IPL to be staged in the United Arab Emirates. Back in 2014, initial 20 fixtures of the tournament took place in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi due to the Indian general elections.