BCCI planning to commence IPL 2020 from September 25: It is being said that all possible steps are being taken to conduct IPL 2020.
The novel COVID-19 pandemic has affected the cricketing schedule around the world and how. Had it not been for the global crisis, the 13th season of the Indian Premier League would have been in its business end right now.
With the tournament getting suspended until prior notice, there have been numerous speculations regarding its future for not conducting the biggest T20 league is bound to bring with it severe financial consequences for the whole fraternity.
Most recently, former India batsman Gautam Gambhir, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik and Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Virat Singh have all favoured conducting IPL 2020 for multiple reasons.
BCCI planning to commence IPL 2020 from September 25
A potential slot for conducting IPL 2020 is September-October as the cash-rich league can’t be played during the upcoming monsoon season in India.
In the recent past, there have been murmurs of IPL 2020 being conducted in September-October or October-November. With the October-November window currently with the ICC T20 World Cup 2020, another report indicates its postponement as well.
In a recent conversation with IANS, a source close to the BCCI revealed that September 25 is being considered as the date for commencing IPL 2020. While the source admitted to things being in the planning phase, the statement might give a sense of relief to plentiful fans who have been duly waiting for the tournament to begin.
“It is still early days as a lot of other things have to fall in place for this to materialise, but yes, the BCCI is looking at a September 25-November 1 window provided the number of cases in the country come down and the government does give a go-ahead.
“As I said, a lot of things do need to fall in place, but yes, these dates are being talked about and contingency planning is on,” the source said.
Both India head coach Ravi Shastri and Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum have been vocal about IPL 2020 getting a window ahead of the T20 World Cup. Even if IPL 2020 gets priority over the T20 World Cup, it will become difficult for India to play the Asia Cup and host England for a white-ball series.