New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The suspense over the 13th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) will likely end in seven to ten days as the body’s governing council will meet soon to discuss the scheduling of the tournament, confirmed IPL GC’s chairman Brijesh Patel.

While speaking to news agency ANI, Patel said that the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) will also seek permission for the government to go ahead with 13th season of the IPL, adding that it will also look at the operational aspect.

"We will continue to look at the coronavirus situation till September then we will decide whether we host the tournament in India or UAE. We have to take the permission of the government as it is mandatory," Patel was quoted as saying by ANI.

The 13th season of the IPL was slated to commence from March 29 in 2020 but was postponed after the central government imposed a nationwide lockdown to control the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.

However, with the cancellation of the ICC T20 World Cup in wake of the coronavirus crisis, the BCCI is now looking at the September and October window to hold the IPL.

According to media reports, the IPL 2020 will be held in United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 26 to November 7. The BCCI, however, is yet to make an official confirmation on this yet as to where they are looking to host the tournament outside India.

"As of now, nothing has been decided. We are watching the situation very closely and keeping track as far as hosting of the IPL is concerned. We are exploring all options and some countries have offered to hold the IPL, UAE also. But we are going to wait and watch and will speak to the government. We will do whatever is in the best interest of the country and cricket, will discuss in IPL GC (governing council)," ANI quoted a BCCI official as saying.

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