BCCI sends an acceptance letter to Emirates Cricket Board for hosting IPL 2020 from September 19

IPL Chairman mentioned that eight franchises will have their respective training sessions in the UAE and will need three to four weeks to get accustomed to their surroundings.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India – BCCI has sent an acceptance letter to the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for hosting the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). Emirates board had shown willingness to host the 2020 edition of IPL by writing an official letter to the Indian board. BCCI has now responded to that letter and has confirmed the commencement of the cash-rich league in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Indian Premier League 2020 was scheduled to start on March 29, 2020 with the inaugural match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in India. However, BCCI had to postpone the tournament for an indefinite time owing to the rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the country. As all the cricket boards across the world are trying to bring the game back to life, the Indian board has also decided to go ahead with the much-awaited season of the Indian Premier League.

BCCI finalized on conducting IPL this year from September 19 to November 8 in UAE. This season of the league would be played in a full 51-day window with 12 double-headers which means two matches each on both Saturdays and Sundays. A few days back, International Cricket Council (ICC) had decided to postpone the T20 World Cup 2020 which was supposed to begin from October 18, thereby providing a free window for the Indian league.

Teams will practice in a biosecure environment in UAE: IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel

On Sunday, IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed the news of BCCI sending an acceptance letter to the UAE cricket board. The Khaleej Times quoted Brijesh Patel as saying, “Yes, we have sent the acceptance letter to the ECB and both the boards will be working together from now on to stage the tournament.”

Patel also mentioned that eight franchises- Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bengaluru, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad- will have their respective training sessions in the UAE and will need three to four weeks to get accustomed to their surroundings. Also, the training camps will be organized in a biosecure bubble keeping in mind all the health guidelines in the view of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.