IPL 2020: Early Start, Limited Overs Series With South Africa on the Cards in UAE

BCCI is also reportedly working on different combinations to keep in mind the demands of the official broadcaster as it wants to coincide the event with the Diwali weekend.

With the decks cleared for IPL 2020 after T20 World Cup was postponed, BCCI has begun its preparations for the event that begins from getting the permission from government to officially informing the cricket board of UAE about its plan to hold the league there.

However, it is also reportedly working on different combinations to keep in mind the demands of the official broadcaster as it wants to coincide the event with the Diwali weekend. BCCI though may not be able to push the start of the season any further from September considering they will need time for the players to recover and meet the quarantine regulations for their Australian tour in December.

However, there are plans for an early start to matches i.e. 7:30 PM IST (6:00 PM in UAE) and advance the season by a week i.e. the league may start from September 19 instead of 26 as per earlier media reports.

Another option is to arrange a short three-match bilateral ODI series with South Africa in UAE to keep its biggest stakeholder happy should the season be not advanced by a week.

However, the fact that Indian players haven’t played any competitive cricket since March may prove to be the biggest hurdle in allowing for such a packed schedule.

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