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IPL this year- will it take place in 2020?

BCCI prefers UAE as the venue for IPL 2020 , but yet to be confirmed

New Delhi, July 16 (UITV): According to leading media source, the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is said to be getting held at United Arab Emirates (UAE). Prior to this, before the outbreak of  COVID-19 pandamic, IPL 2020 was scheduled to take place between March 29 and May 17 but after this outbreak took place, BCCI had to suspend the league for an indefinite period.
The board, however, has clearly stated that conducting the IPL this year remains its foremost objective. Earlier, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had revealed that the board would have to suffer a loss of around Rs. 4000 crore if IPL is not held amidst the pandemic.

IPL may be held in UAE
Rumours are rife that IPL franchise owners met earlier this week and they had no objections holding the IPL overseas this year. The report also said that the BCCI is considering a September-November period. Ganguly had earlier stated that BCCI had always wanted to hold IPL in India like every year, but the board later decided moving outside the country if the crisis  does not get over.
 
What further emphasizes the possibilites of IPL to take place in September-October is that the T20 Cricket World Cup is expected to be cancelled. The Asia Cup, that was scheduled to occur in September, has already been postponed. Now it is expected from the ICC to postpone the T20 World Cup too.



Considering Coronavirus protocols, matches in the UAE may take place in empty stadiums. “That’s not a problem. IPL is more made for TV and the gate receipts will not be as much even if the crowds come in,” a team owner was quoted as saying in the report by media sources.

BCCI highly prefers the gulf country as a venue for the IPL. Stadiums in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi are near to each other and infrastructure available to accommodate players, officials and broadcast officials is very impressive.

“We need a month to prepare but our overseas players will be ready to play,” said a team owner.

Conducting IPL in UAE is nothing new for BCCI. In 2014, a part of the tournament was held in UAE due to general elections. In 2009, the entire competition was held in South Africa due to general elections.