Much awaited schedule for the Dream 11 IPL has been finally announced. On Sunday, September 6th, 2020 IPL Governing Council announced the schedule for all the matches before Play-Offs. The biggest cricketing tournament will begin with the clash of last year’s finalists Chennai Super Kings and the defending champions Mumbai Indians on the 19th of September 2020.
The number of matches in the round one will remain the same, i.e. 56 matches with every team playing each other team twice. The matches will start at the same timings they start when the tournament is played in India. Evening matches will start at 7:30 PM Indian Standard time and every afternoon match will begin at 03;30 PM IST. There will be 10 doubleheaders (10 days when there are 2 matches in a day). Round one will end on 3rd of November 2020.
Uncertainties put to rest
Earlier due to the ongoing pandemic and a high number of registered cases in India the Indian premier league postponed indefinitely. Usually, the IPL tournament takes place between mid-March to mid-May. What seemed like an IPL less year, a window of opportunity arrived when the scheduled T20 Cricket world cup got delayed indefinitely. IPL Governing council then announced IPL to move to UAE for the season 2020 and might begin from mid-September.
However, as the teams moved to UAE and started following Standard operating protocol issued by the Governing council Deepak Chahar a player of the CSK team was found COVID Positive along with 12 supporting staff members. With big names pulling out like Suresh Raina, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, and many more, a doubt arose over the possibility of IPL. The announcement of the schedule has put all the uncertainties to rest.
This year IPL will feature a total of 3 venues. Dubai will host the most 24 matches, Abu Dhabi will host 20, and Sharjah to host 12 round one matches. This year IPL will happen without the presence of stadium spectators keeping the pandemic in mind.
Play-Offs to be Announced Soon
The dates and the venue of the PlayOffs or Qualifiers have not been revealed yet. In the official statement Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary has said “Venues for the playoffs and the Dream11 IPL 2020 final will be announced later.”
It should be noted that the schedule can be changed or get tweaked due to the unpredictability of the pandemic we are suffering. A clause in the schedule has been inserted stating “The IPL schedule is subject to change.”