The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to host its first tournament amid the Covid-19 pandemic in the United Arab Emirates after the green signal from the Indian government.
In its all-important IPL Governing Council meeting, it has been decided to hold this year's edition from September 19 to November 10. This will include 10 double headers. And the evening matches will start at 7:30 p.m. IST.
During its meeting on Sunday, it was also decided to organise the 13th edition of the IPL with a 24-player limit for each squad, reported the ESPNCricinfo. The IPL governing council has also approved the use of unlimited Covid-19 substitutes.
The decision to take the IPL into another week was to have the final being played on November 10. Also, enough spacing between games has been allotted considering the strict protocol that will be in place, 10 double headers have been planned.
"We have decided to go up till November 10 and so the final will be held on a weekday for the first time. Also, to ensure that there is enough gaps between games considering the travelling and the bio secure environment and keeping all these things in mind, we will have 10 double headers this season," IANS quoted a BCCI official.
"We have decided to bring it forward by 30 minutes from the regular time of the IPL which is 8 p.m. for evening games and we will start at 7:30 instead."
"It would be great to have some fans come in as that would boost the morale of the players for sure. But what needs to be remembered is that the safety of the players is priority. So, these are things we will discuss with the ECB at the right time."
In the meeting it was decided to continue with VIVO as title sponsors.
"The BCCI has taken this decision after the perusal of the sponsorship agreement and the ownership pattern and upon receiving legal advice in the matter," the official explained.
The BCCI had on June 19 tweeted on the matter from its IPL handle. "Taking note of the border skirmish that resulted in the martyrdom of our brave jawans, the IPL Governing Council has convened a meeting next week to review IPL's various sponsorship deals." the official handle of IPL had said.
This was after the clash between India and China in the Galwan Valley. Twenty Indian Army men, including officers, were killed in an unprecedented violent clash with Chinese People's Liberation Army troops at Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh.
Franchises have also been asked to start the visa process. "We have been asked to start our visa process," IANS quoted an official of one of the franchises as saying.
With Agency Inputs