The Coronavirus has stopped the flow of the Indian Premier League (IPL) that was to be commenced by 29th March. Then, it got dragged to a window of April-March, then 15th May, and then finally postponed indefinitely. Amidst the lockdown, the government and the cricketing authorities have taken a mutual decision to postpone the league until further notice. However, the window of September can be taken under consideration in case if the T20 World Cup gets canceled.
According to the reports, BCCI is planning to commence IPL from 26th September and will be ended on November 8th. But the decision is not confirmed yet as it is dependent upon the postponement of the T20 World Cup.
The decision of the T20 World is pending and more probably, it can be shifted to 2020 or 2021 but there are no official announcements yet.
BCCI also has revealed the venues and will be looking for South-India as the density of monsoon will be lesser there. Most of the matches would be held at Chennai and Bangalore.
BCCI planning to begin IPL from 26th September, South-India’s venues under consideration for hosting the matches
“Mumbai was to be BCCI’s first choice given the infrastructure, four international stadiums, hotels in close proximity, and connectivity. But the proliferating number of COVID cases is discouraging the IPL managers.
“Should it be Karnataka or Tamil Nadu (another state where COVID cases are many), the IPL could be staged at the TNPL or KPL venues,” the report further read.
“It (IPL) will be between September-end and November-start, more specifically it could be from September 26 to November 8. These dates are subject to the expected postponement/cancellation of the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia,” a report in Mumbai Mirror read