BCCI has earmarked a tentative window between September 26 and November 7 for conducting IPL 2020 in the UAE. On Friday, the BCCI’s Apex Council discussed the possibility of the IPL being played in the UAE in its entirety. It is obvious that the BCCI would still prefer conducting the tournament in India, but considering the Covid-19 situation – the number of infections in the country are on the rise – has meant that the UAE has been identified as the next-best option.
If the tournament does shift to the UAE, it would be the second time for the IPL there, after the first 20 matches of the tournament were staged in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in 2014 because of the general elections in India. It is understood that the main reason for marking November 7 as the date for the IPL final was to ensure Indian players get enough time to travel to Australia for the four-match Test series, set to begin in December.
And, if at all the tournament takes place, it has to be seen how BCCI is going to enforce the bio secure protocols for player safety.