The IPL 2020 was successfully hosted by the Emirates Cricket Board after the BCCI shifted the season from India to the UAE. It was played within empty stadiums and within the COVID-119 protocols listed out by the board. As per reports in Mumbai Mirror, the Indian board paid nearly 100 crores to the ECB for successfully staging the IPL 2020. The BCCI chose Sri Lanka and UAE as the probable venues. Finally, it was the ECB that was successful in staging the cash-rich tournament.
The games were played across three venues, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. In July, the BCCI officially announced UAE as the host of the league and by the fourth week of August, the franchises had ferried their players to UAE. Of course, the BCCI would have paid hosting fee and other expenditures to the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB). Back in 2014, ECB had hosted the first 20 matches due to General Elections in India.
BCCI Paid Nearly 100 Crores To ECB For Staging IPL 2020: Reports
The spread of the COVID-19 virus forced the BCCI to postpone the tournament. It was staring at a loss of 4000 crores when the ICC announced the postponement of the Men’s T20 World Cup. The BCCI used the September-November window and hosted the 13th edition of the tournament.
Finally, after a course of 60 games, Mumbai Indians were crowned IPL champions for the fifth time in the history of the tournament. The final was played in Dubai which dished out a competitive wicket While KL Rahul won the orange cap, Kagiso Rabada won the purple cap. Various other cricketers won a host of other awards. RCB’s Devdutt Padikkal won the Emerging Player of The Season Award.
There were also reports that UAE might host the India-England series early next year. However, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has promised that India will be successfully hosting the series next year along with the Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.