The postponed Indian Premier League will be resumed in advance on September 18 or 19 in the UAE with 10 hitting heads, which are expected to be played during a three-week window, a senior BCCI official told PTI on Tuesday.
The final can take place on October 9 or 10. The three-week period will be enough for the league to complete its remaining 31 games of the season, a winning scenario for all major stakeholders, including BCCI, franchises and broadcasters.
The IPL was postponed to May 4 after numerous cases of COVID-19 in its bio-bubble came to light.
“BCCI is in talks with all stakeholders and the likely start could be between 18 and 20 September. Since September 18 is Saturday and Sunday 19, you are more likely to want to run it again on the weekend, “the official told PTI on condition of anonymity.
“Similarly, October 9 or 10 will be the final, as it is a weekend. We are finalizing the route and there will be 10 double headers and seven evening matches along with four main matches (two qualifiers, one eliminator and a final) that ends the list with 31 match “, added the employee.
The last test match of the Indian team against England should end on September 14 in Manchester and the next day the whole team (except Hanuma Vihari and Abhimanyu Ivaswan) will be transferred to the UAE with a charter flight for “bubble to bubble” transfer.
“The Indian team and the English players who will be available will fly on the same charter flight from Manchester to Dubai. In the same way, the West Indies players will also arrive after the end of their Caribbean Premier League commitments. There will be a three-day quarantine for players. arriving from the UK and the Caribbean, “the source said.
A franchise employee confirmed that a message had been received from BCCI.
“BCCI told us to be ready for the tournament. We received a window from September 15 to 20,” said a team official.
India’s White Ball series against South Africa has been canceled:
BCCI decided to cancel India’s T20 series against South Africa, scheduled for September, which was an upgrade of the country’s preparations for the T20.
“The series cannot take place and in any case there can be no better preparation for the T20 World Cup than playing a high-intensity tournament like IPL. As the T20 World Cup will start within a week or 10 days after the end of the IPL, the SA series can only take place at a later date.
“There is a chance that India will play extra games when they travel around South Africa early next year,” the source said.
The two-test home series against the NZ can also be shifted
The home season in India also had two test series against New Zealand in November and the dates of which could change depending on the end of the T20 World Cup.
While BCCI will not currently waive its hosting rights and wait for the situation with COVID-19 in India to develop, there is very little chance that countries will want to travel to India, which is facing its worst health emergency. situation after independence.