The postponed Indian Premier League will tentatively resume on September 18 or 19 in the United Arab Emirates, with up to 10 doubles matches expected to be played in a three-week window, a senior BCCI official told PTI on Tuesday.
The final could take place on October 9 or 10. The three week window will be enough for the league to complete its 31 remaining games of the season, a win-win scenario for all major stakeholders, including BCCI, franchises and broadcasters.
The IPL was postponed to May 4 after several cases of COVID-19 were discovered inside its bio-bubble.
“BCCI has spoken to all stakeholders and the likely start could be between September 18 and 20. Since September 18 is a Saturday and the 19 is a Sunday, you are more likely to want to restart it on a weekend, ”the official told PTI on condition of anonymity.
“Likewise, October 9 or 10 will be the final because it’s a weekend. We are finalizing the route and there will be 10 double headers and seven evening games as well as four main games (two playoffs, one eliminator and the final), which completes the list of 31 games, ”added the official. .
The Indian team’s final test match against England is scheduled to end on September 14 in Manchester and the next day the whole team (except Hanuma Vihari and Abhimanyu Easwaran) will fly to the United Arab Emirates on a flight. chartered for a “bubble to bubble”. transfer.
“The Indian team and the English players who will be available will take the same charter flight from Manchester to Dubai. Likewise, West Indies players will also fly after completing Caribbean Premier League engagements. There will be a three-day quarantine for players arriving from the UK and the Caribbean, ”the source said.
A franchise manager confirmed that a communication from BCCI had arrived on this matter.
“The BCCI told us to be ready for the tournament. We had a window from September 15 to 20, ”said a team manager.
India’s white ball streak against South Africa canceled:
BCCI have decided to cancel India’s T20 series against South Africa scheduled for September, which was a preparation for the team’s World T20 preparations.
“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. Since the T20 World Cup will start within a week or 10 days after the IPL ends, the SA Series can only take place at a later date.
“There is a chance that India will play additional matches on their tour of South Africa early next year,” the source said.
Two-test home streak against NZ could also be moved
The home season in India also had a two-test run against New Zealand in November, the dates of which could be shifted depending on the end of the T20 World Cup.
While the BCCI, from now on, will not give up its hosting rights and wait for how the COVID-19 situation in India evolves, there is very little chance that countries will want to visit India, which does facing its worst health emergency since independence.