The BCCI sent the acceptance letter to the Emirates Cricket Board and now both will work together to host IPL 2020. The IPL 2020 which was initially scheduled to be held in IPL from March 29 in India. Now it will be hosted in the UAE from September 19.
Khaleej Times reported that Emirates Cricket Board had sent the proposal to the Indian cricket board in April wanting to host the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. The league was originally planned for India to be run by the BCCI from March 29. In the wake of the COVID-19, the BCCI had to drop the plan. The league was then postponed for the September-November window once the ICC called off the men’s T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had given a hint of taking the IPL 2020 out of India to safeguard the public health. Last week the IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed the IPL 2020 dates and informed that it would be run in the UAE from September 19 to November 8.
“The fans will enjoy the full tournament from September 19 to November 8 and further course of action will be discussed with the franchises in the Governing Council meeting,” he told ANI.
Khaleej Times on Sunday quoted Brijesh Patel saying, “Yes, we have sent the acceptance letter to the ECB and both the boards will be working together from now on to stage the tournament.” According to Patel, eight IPL teams – Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, and the Royal Challengers Bangalore — will hold their respective pre-tournament training camps in the UAE.
He also informed that the teams would need at least three to four weeks to prepared for the IPL 2020 and the training would be taken place in a bio-secure environment.