The 2020 Indian Premier League will be held in the United Arab Emirates as confirmed by the chairman of the IPL Governing Council Brijesh Patel.
With the tournament having been postponed indefinitely earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI have chosen the venue for the IPL just a day after ICC confirmed that the World T20 World Cup was postponed.
Reports suggest the IPL will begin late September and run until early November. This could have major effects on possible international matches as well as various domestic tournaments such as the Mzansi Super League which has run from November to December in the last two years.
The 13th edition of the IPL will become the second to be hosted outside India after the showpiece was staged in South Africa in 2009 while the 2014 edition had 20 matches played in the UAE before returning to India.
Speaking of the decisions to come, Patel said that all would be confirmed in the next two weeks.
“The IPL GC will meet within a week or 10 days and all decisions (including final schedule) will be taken there. As of now, the plan is to have a full-fledged IPL comprising 60 games and most likely in the UAE,” Patel told PTI. “Just the operational side of it [is a challenge]. Whether you do it here or outside, it doesn’t matter (with no crowds).”