Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sent an acceptance letter to the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for starting the preparations for the upcoming season of IPL. This news was confirmed by the IPL chairman Brijesh Patel on Sunday.
“Yes, we have sent the acceptance letter to the ECB and both the boards will be working together from now on to stage the tournament,” Khaleej Times quoted Patel as saying.
According to the newspaper, the ECB had earlier sent a proposal to the BCCI in April, offering to host the 13th edition of the cash-rich league. The IPL was originally scheduled to begin from March 29 in India. However, the tournament was postponed indefinitely with India experiencing a surge in the number of cases, hence the fortune of the IPL was in the balance.
In addition, Patel also said that the pre-tournament training camps for the eight IPL franchises — Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and the Royal Challengers Bangalore — will be held in the UAE.
He said that the training camps for all the 8 IPL franchises will be conducted in the UAE in a bio-secure situation and “the teams need at least three to four weeks to prepare for the tournament”.
Earlier on Friday, Patel also established that the 13th season of IPL that 2020 edition will begin on September 19 in the UAE and last till November 8.
“The fans will enjoy the full tournament from September 19 to November 8 and further course of action will be discussed with the franchises in the Governing Council meeting,” he told ANI.
The rescheduling of this year’s Men’s T20 World Cup by the International Cricket Council (ICC) provided the desired window to stage this 2020 edition of IPL.