The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is likely to be playing in the United Arab Emirates and the tentative window is in between the last week of September to the first week of November. It is understood that the main reason for marking the first week of November for the IPL final was to make sure that the Indian players get enough time to travel to Australia for the four-match Test series, which is set to begin in December.
The BCCI will make the final decision once the ICC decides the fate of Men’s ICC T20 World Cup, which was supposed to be held in Australia this year from October 18 and November 15. It is understood that the cricket’s governing body is scheduled to make a call on July 20 to discuss the matter, and the tournament’s final decision is likely to be taken then.
Earlier in April, the BCCI suspended the 2020 edition of IPL due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19. The tournament was to be held between March 29 and May 24 originally. In the same month, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) had written to BCCI by offering UAE as an alternative venue for the tournament.
“We are ready to fully support the IPL if it chooses to come and play in the UAE,” ECB secretary Mubashshir Usmani said, “We will provide all the support concerning the protocol and government permission required to host the IPL. We are waiting for written confirmation from BCCI.”
UAE has already hosted IPL before in 2014 due to elections in India. The first 20 matches of the tournament were held in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. If the tournament does take place to the UAE, it would be the second time for the IPL to be held there with all the three main grounds to be played at.
The franchises are likely to set up their bases a month in advance if the tournament does move to UAE for training and also to cater to any quarantine measures imposed by the UAE government.