The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced recently that the Indian T20 League 2020 will be held between September 19 and November 10 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The BCCI always had plans of conducting the premier domestic league this year but was waiting for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision regarding the Men’s T20 World Cup, which has officially been postponed.
Brijesh Patel, the Governing Council Chairman, has confirmed the dates for the Indian T20 League 2020 and announced that Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah will feature as the three main venues for the tournament. The main reason why the UAE was chosen for the 2020 edition was the relaxed quarantine laws in the country. Anyone travelling to the UAE needs to test negative before entering, as well as, has to take a test upon landing. If both these tests come negative, there is no quarantine required. A quarantine period is only mandatory if a person lands without having done a test prior to flying in.
The 60 scheduled matches of the Indian T20 League 2020 will be played over 51 days with a few double-headers on the weekends. The final schedule is yet to be released and it remains to be seen whether the matches will be played at the original time of 8 pm or will the organisers look to host them at 7:30 pm, considering most of the 8 pm matches go past midnight.
The information on the COVID-19 testing and the biosecure bubble is yet to be disseminated by the BCCI but all precautions are going to be taken by the Governing body. The Emirates Cricket Board and the BCCI have been in constant contact and they believe that they have the required infrastructure to host the Indian T20 League 2020.
The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and Australia’s tour of England will be concluded by the time the Indian T20 League 2020 begins, which means that all of the franchises will have their overseas players available for the tournament.
Brijesh Patel also confirmed that India’s tour of Australia scheduled for December is on track and the Indian players will have enough time to quarantine for two weeks in Australia before the start of the Test series in Brisbane on December 3.
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