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IPL 2020 most likely to be held in UAE, between September to November

Vishnu Vasisht

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Everyday new reports about IPL 2020 are coming out. The cash-rich league has been postponed due to the Coronavirus epidemic. Now on Friday, BCCI discussed 11 points in a 4-hour teleconferencing meeting. After which it is now clear that the cash rich league will be organized after the postponement of T20 World Cup. The UAE is the top contender to host the event.

IPL 2020 is yet to be held due to Coronavirus. But on Friday, the BCCI's top council meeting, led by Sourav Ganguly, discussed the conduct of the IPL. Now the biggest question is where will the IPL be played?

In 2014, due to the general elections, the BCCI conducted 20 IPL matches in the UAE. This is not the only reason that the BCCI is giving priority to UAE to host the IPL. Rather, it is also given priority because it believes that by the time the league is organized, there will be a quarantine period of one or two days. While the rest of the countries have longer quarantine time.

Apart from this, most of the countries including India have good connectivity with UAE, so that players and support staff from other countries including India can reach it easily. Anyway, the quarantine time in UAE is shorter than other countries. The UAE has won because of state-of-the-art medical facilities and IPL hosting experience.

The BCCI is planning to do an IPL of 5 to 6 weeks this time in the September to November window. Because the board will have time from the last week of September to the first week of November. There is no doubt that the BCCI will announce the cash rich league schedule as soon as the ICC announces its decision on the T20 World Cup.

The BCCI feels that the ICC is deliberately postponing the decision of the T20 World Cup so that BCCI's preparations related to IPL 2020 are affected. The Coronavirus lockdown has been imposed in Melbourne for 6 weeks on 7 July. Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings said in June that the T20 World Cup in Australia this year is unlikely to be held.

Coronavirus is spreading like fire in India. Increasing figures daily are troubling everyone. It has crossed the 10 lakh mark in India so far. Looking at these rising figures, it would not be wrong to say that it is impossible to organize IPL 2020 in India. The BCCI can organize the postponed season of IPL in India only if the situation improves in the country, but the circumstances are telling the opposite.

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