The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly considering organising the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between the months of July and September, according to a report in the Times of India. This scenario has been enforced upon the board following the massive spread of coronavirus, which has brought sporting activities around the world to a standstill.
The period being considered is certainly a viable option, considering the lack of international cricket scheduled between that stage according to the Future Tours Programme (FTP). The only two major series set to be held are the Asia Cup scheduled in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and an away series for Pakistan against England.
With the other major nations which include Australia, West Indies, New Zealand, Sri Lanka not facing a packed window, the BCCI will be optimistic of a tweak in the schedule which will allow the tournament to be finally held.
"The 2009 IPL - in South Africa - was played inside 37 days. That's five weeks and two days. If that kind of a window is made available, the IPL can be held partly in India and partly overseas, or the entire tournament can be shifted, depending on how the Covid-19 situation is globally," say those in the know as quoted by the Times of India.
The Indian team is also set to play only one bilateral series against Sri Lanka except for the Asia Cup, before the upcoming ICC World T20 which leaves a lot of scope for optimism.