The 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was unfortunately postponed due to the deadly COVID-19. Since then, the future of IPL has remained uncertain. However, in the last few weeks, many reports suggest that BCCI are optimistic about IPL happening this year. As per new reports, the latest news regarding the IPL is that it will be played during September and October this year.
The venue of the biggest T20 league; IPL 2020 would be UAE and it will be conducted behind closed doors. During 2014 the first leg of IPL was also played in UAE due to the general elections in India. The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has already hinted that the board incur a loss of around Rs. 4000 crores if IPL does not take place this year.
UAE to host IPL 2020
According to Outlook, IPL franchise owners met earlier this week and are in agreement of playing the 13th season of the IPL overseas. Several reports had already suggested that with no Asia Cup and T20 world cup taking place this year the BCCI is looking for a window in September and October to play the league.
Even though the T20 world hasn’t been officially postponed yet but the chances of it taking place this year are very bleak. Since 2008 IPL has been played every year and has now earned the reputation of being the biggest franchise T20 competition in the world.
“That’s not a problem. IPL is more made for TV and the gate receipts will not be as much even if the crowds come in. We need a month to prepare but our overseas players will be ready to play,” a team owner was quoted as saying in the report.
The only time the entire IPL season was played away from India was way back in 2009. South Africa hosted the competition and conducted the entire season in just 37 days. Nonetheless, nothing is official just as yet of IPL happening in UAE later this year but signs are now looking positive.