IPL 2020: Blow For MI, CSK As BCCI Tells Franchises Teams Can Leave For UAE Only After August 20

The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) met on 02/08/2020 via video-conference to decide on the issues concerning the VIVO IPL 2020 edition. Taking note of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in India, the IPL Governing Council decided to stage the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the matches will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi subject to necessary clearances from the Government of India.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly told all the IPL franchises that no team can fly to the UAE before August 20 for the upcoming tournament. The thirteenth edition of the competition will get underway on September 19 with the final set to take place on November 10, the IPL Governing Council confirmed on Sunday.

Recent reports suggested that last year’s finalists – Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) – were looking to leave for Abu Dhabi around August 10 or 12. However, the BCCI’s latest decision has forced them to change their plans. A franchise official has said that the IPL GC has sent in a mail which has clearly told them that the teams can leave for UAE not before August 20.

VIVO IPL 2020 will be played from 19th September and the final will be played on 10th November 2020. The 53-day tournament will witness 10-afternoon matches starting at 15:30 IST while the evening matches will start at 19:30 IST.
The Governing Council also reviewed the Player Regulations for replacement player for 2020 season.

Franchises still waiting for SOPs:

While the BCCI has issued the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to the state associations for the resumption of cricket on Sunday, the IPL teams are yet to receive it. The franchises are expecting to get it soon so that they can start their final preparations for the competitipn.

“We have not got the SOPs yet, but we have been given the go-ahead to start preparation and the visa process will start from tomorrow onward. The hotels have already been blocked so that is no issue. The blueprints are ready,” the franchise official said.

“The BCCI has received clearance from the Sports Ministry and we are hopeful of a positive response from the other departments quite soon as well,” a BCCI official had previously told IANS.

Women’s T20 Challenge will also take place in the UAE and will comprise three teams with four matches to be played during the IPL Playoff week.
A meeting with the Franchises will be called shortly.
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