Rules have been announced for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season which will take place amid the pandemic. The long-awaited edition of the competition will be played in the UAE and will begin on September 19. The final of IPL 2020 will take place on November 10.
IPL 2020 was originally scheduled to take place between March and May. However, the BCCI had to suspend the league indefinitely in light of the pandemic. Last month, the ICC postponed this year’s T20 World Cup, which finally cleared the way for the BCCI to conduct the IPL.
Teams will be able to make Covid-19 replacements. The decision to have player replacements in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic was discussed at the Governing Council meeting on Sunday. All franchisees will be able to replace players in case they feel bad during the course of the tournament.
IPL franchises will be allowed 24-player squads for the 13th edition of the tournament.
Here are all the keynotes from the IPL Governing Council meeting:
1) Putting an end to all speculation about the dates, the BCCI has confirmed that the IPL 2020 will take place in a window of 53. The event will begin on September 10 and end on November 10. Various media reports had previously suggested that the league would end. on November 8.
2) The games will start at 7:30 PM IST.
3) At the start of the competition, the matches will be played in empty stadiums. However, fans will be able to enter the stadiums during the last part.
4) All eight teams will go to the United Arab Emirates after August 26.
5) The Indian cricket board has also ended all the speculation surrounding its sponsors, especially the Chinese. The board has confirmed that all sponsors, including Chinese, will remain as partners.
6) Teams have been allowed to substitute Covid-19. Each team will have a staff of 24 members. All players from India, as well as other nations, will travel on chartered flights.
8) BCCI is working with specialized firms to prepare Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) suitable for the successful conduct of the tournament.