Considering where we left off, fans might be wondering about the dates of official IPL matches this year. Well here is the good news, IPL chairman has announced on Friday that IPL will kick start this year on 19th September. It will be a 51 days tournament starting from 19th September and the finals will be on 8th November. Although the Indian board is awaiting the Government’s green signal to host IPL out of India. Once it is done, the Governing councils meet will take place to decide about other details and finalize it. Further, they will inform the Emirates cricket board as well.
This is the second time in IPL history that the league will be hosted by a foreign country and this is the 13th edition of the Indian premier league. The most awaited tournament is planned to be shifted to another country due to a pandemic situation in India and the world.
All players will get a window of practice for 4 weeks. Before that, they have to follow UAE coronavirus rules, where each person has to go for 2 weeks of self-isolation after arriving in the country.
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Initially, BCCI has been proposing a window of matches between 26th September to 8th November. But considering the weather of UAE, they have decided to start the games 1 week in advance so that they can avoid the afternoon matches. It will be well suited for the cricketers as well as the broadcaster to avoid fatigues due to the heat.
One key issue that BCCI might need to address is, who will be the main sponsors of IPL. “VIVO” is IPL’s title sponsor and their 5 years deal worth Rs. 2,199 crores. BCCI may need to review considering VIVO is a Chinese smartphone company while considering the Indian border situations, BCCI may need to face some circumstances regarding this case.
Some points to ponder upon:
- There is a bit of concern that arises between stakeholders and franchisers if there will not be any fans in the stadium for the matches.
- In the last tournament, 8 Franchises made around almost 250 crores. We need to wait for more announcements to know further about franchises count for this year.
- There are 3 venues in UAE: Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai.
- There are 2 more grounds in Dubai apart from the main venues.
- There will be a total of 60 matches.
There will be a set of meetings between the franchiser and the board to finalize of above things before taking it forward. The Franchiser has to take care of operational expenses, travel, and stay, where BCCI will help with logistic support. Franchisers may have to face some loss of revenue if IPL will be played behind closed doors. On this Brijesh Patel has added to seek permission from the UAE government if they will allow some fans in the stadium.
The advertisement agencies are looking highly of these matches. All the stakeholders and fans are very happy with this news of having IPL in 2020.
For more exciting news and groundbreaking information on upcoming events, please stay tuned with us… until then stay safe and stay at home.