MUMBAI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is seriously exploring the possibility of conducting the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) during the September – November window, a top official told ET.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has sought central government’s permission to hold Indian Premier League 2020 in UAE between September and November
In a telephonic conversation, IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel told “Yes we have written a letter to the concerned Ministries immediately after the ICC had officially declared postponement of T20 World Cup. We have decided the venue as UAE keeping all logistics in mind. BCCI had earlier held a successful half leg of IPL in UAE in the past and we believe its ideally suited. The time we have thought is between September last week and November first week. This is all tentative. We have called a meeting of the IPL governing council in the next 10 days and we will sit down with all the stakeholders including the franchises to finalize the itinerary. As of now, we are looking for approval from the concerned Ministries. We can finalize everything only after that. We will comply with all guidelines and SOP issued by the Central Government.”
The BCCI decision to zero in UAE was an obvious outcome after the other two countries – Sri Lanka & New Zealand expressing willingness to host the event went out of favours with the IPL governing council members.
BCCI has requested the government of India for an approval on the same.The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) hasn’t been “officially” notified on the matter yet as the said official letter is pending. A governing council meeting of the IPL is expected on July 24, following which an air of finality can prevail.
Meanwhile, a day after the industry echoed broadcasters Star India’s sentiments on the proposed schedule missing out on the Diwali week, it appears BCCI has other plans to “accommodate” their biggest stakeholders.