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IPL GC meeting: Tournament to begin on September 19, teams to have 24-player squads
IPL 2020

IPL GC meeting: Tournament to begin on September 19, teams to have 24-player squads

The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) has made it clear that the 2020 edition of the competition will commence on September 19 in the UAE while the final will take place on November 10.

Considerable delays due to the coronavirus pandemic led to the BCCI finalising these dates for the event following the official postponement of the T20 World Cup in Australia.

While the tournament organisers have declared the matches will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi pending "clearances from the Government of India", it is reported that the Sports Ministry has already given a green signal for the shift in venue.

The Covid-19 crisis in India has continued to escalate over the past few months with the number of cases rising sharply.

The prevailing coronavirus situation in India was thus taken into consideration as the IPL GC decided on UAE as the hosts. The Arab country has previously hosted a part of the 2014 IPL owing to the dates of the competition clashing with India's general elections.

Other developments confirmed at the IPL GC meeting include the scheduling of 10 double-headers while all evening matches will start at 19:30 IST.

There seems to be a 24-player limit per each squad agreed upon by the authorities, though it is expected that some franchises will contest this restriction.

Nevertheless, rules regarding replacements for players in the event of potential virus infections will be quite lax to allow teams to compete with their full-strength side without unnecessary delay.

"The Governing Council also discussed the comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which will be finalised and published in due course, including the agencies to execute and deliver a bio-secure environment for safe and successful conduct of IPL 2020 Season," the IPL statement additionally read.

The sponsorship issue, which was raised in the aftermath of border tensions between China and India, has been resolved with the current sponsors to remain intact this season. This step might attract criticism from the political circles of the country.

Moreover, the Women's T20 Challenge will be concurrently held in the UAE during the IPL playoffs as three teams comprising of international stars will play four matches.

A further meeting between the IPL GC and the franchises will be conducted soon to discuss other pertinent matters.