As the king of all T20 private leagues in the world makes its way to the UAE, it’s time for the annual 2 month long cricketing bonanza we know as the Indian Premier League. Another major sporting event affected by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the BCCI and the Governments of India and UAE mutually decided to shift the tournament, citing concerns about the rapid spread of the virus in India.
The IPL was officially scheduled to begin on 29th March 2020, with the first match being held at the iconic Wankhede stadium, between last year’s finalists and arch-rivals Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. As the rate of coronavirus infections rose rapidly, chief ministers across the country suggested that matches be played in empty stadiums, while the Delhi deputy CM straight up ruled out any IPL matches to be played in the city.
The BCCI initially postponed the event by a month, during which various alternatives were discussed. Srilanka’s cricket board offered to host the tournament in the summer, while the BCCI proposed to host the tournament at a later date behind closed doors. Eventually, with the ICC postponing the T20 World Cup which was scheduled to be held in October, the BCCI sought permission from the Government of India to shift the tournament to UAE during that timeframe. The governments of UAE and India mutually agreed to the proposal, and the new tournament was confirmed to begin on September 19th 2020.
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