The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played in the UAE, Brijesh Patel, the IPL Governing Council chairman, confirmed on Tuesday (July 21).
IPL, which was scheduled to begin in March 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) looked at alternatives in order to host the tournament later in the year in India. Boards from different countries like Sri Lanka and UAE offered to host it.
This would be the second time for the IPL in the UAE, after the first few games of the tournament were staged in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in 2014 because of the general elections in India.
The BCCI has reportedly penciled in the window between September 26 and November 7 for the IPL, which comprises 60 matches. An official update on the schedule will be known later.
VENUES – The matches will likely be held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah once again.
MATCH TIMINGS (TENTATIVE) – 7 pm IST (5:30 pm UAE time). For double-headers, the day is likely to start at 3 pm IST (1:30 PM UAE time).
Mumbai Indians are the defending IPL champions. They have won the title four times. Chennai Super Kings, led by the iconic MS Dhoni, are three-time winners.