New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The much-awaited schedule of the 13th season of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) will be released by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) on Sunday, confirmed IPL chairman Brijesh Patel.

"The schedule will be released tomorrow," said Patel while speaking to news agency ANI.

The BCCI was supposed to release the schedule of the tournament in the last week of August but it was postponed after several members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), including an Indian T20 specialist bowler, tested positive for the highly contagious coronavirus.

"13 personnel have tested positive of which 2 are players. All the affected personnel as well as their close contacts are asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members. They are being monitored by the IPL Medical Team," the BCCI had said in an official release.

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Media reports suggest that the first match of the tournament, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be held between defending champions Mumbai Indians and CSK who were the runner up last year. Reports also suggest that the complete schedule of the tournament has already been sent to all the franchises by the BCCI.

The 13th season of the IPL will be held in the UAE this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament will be played from September 19 to November 10 in the UAE across three venues -- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.

Earlier, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had reportedly said that the match scheduled would be released on Friday. However, the BCCI has now confirmed that the schedule will be released on Sunday. "We understand schedules are delayed. It is almost on the verge of getting final and should be released by Friday," the BCCI president was quoted as saying by a TV channel.  

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma