The much-awaited schedule of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League will be released on Sunday, chairman Brijesh Patel said on Saturday. The IPL 2020 is slated to commence from September 19th, and the fans have now been eagerly waiting for the full schedule of the tournament. The excitement level of the fans remains unmatched.
The journey till now in the UAE
The tournament will be played from September 19th to November 10th in the UAE across three venues Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. The schedule was earlier expected to be released in the last week of August, but the announcement was delayed. Yet again, after 13 personnel of the Chennai Super Kings tested positive for the deadly virus after reaching the UAE. The upcoming 53-day edition is by far the longest in the history of the league. The number of doubleheaders is also expected to reduce this year. It is anticipated that the defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will play each other on the opening day of the tournament. However, after the CSK virus outbreak in the CSK camp, the Royal Challengers Banglore ( RCB ) was expected to take on the team of Rohit Sharma.
The reason for the schedule getting delayed
It is after six long years that the tournament is being played in the UAE. Back in 2014, the BCCI hosted the first twenty matches of the game in the UAE due to the General Elections. This year due to the outbreak of COVID-19, forced BCCI to shift the tournament outside India. It will be for the first time that the final of the game will be played on a weekday. All eight teams are currently awaiting the release of the fixtures. However, due to different quarantine rules in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the IPL’s operations team took the time to restructure and finalise the schedule.