New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has tentatively zeroed down on a window for the scheduling of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the autumn of this year, come September. According to a Mumbai Mirror report, the IPL’s 13th edition is likely to take place from September 26 to November 8. The report suggests, that these dates are subjected to the postponement or cancellation of the ICC T-20 World Cup scheduled to take place in Australia during the same time.

However, the clarity on a venue or several venues is yet to come. The report, though, suggests that since the premier tournament will take place from September onwards, the possible venues could be in Chennai or Bengaluru, whereas the latter half of the tournament can continue up in Mumbai, depending upon how COVID-19 situation goes.

The report suggested that Mumbai was the first choice of BCCI for ensuring a feasible go-ahead of the tournament, purely on the logistical basis. Since, the financial capital has better connectivity, four international stadiums, hotels etc. But due to COVID situation, the Board and franchises have to let Mumbai get sidelined as an IPL venue option.

The Mumbai Mirror report claims that at least two franchises have confirmed to the mentioned scheduling and are optimistic that the tournament will indeed take place.

The costs of hosting will increase significantly for BCCI, since the board will have to book entire hotels and not just the sections of it like before alongside the added safety measures with all due consideration to the COVID-19 safety measures.

Earlier, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had reportedly written a letter to all BCCI-affiliated state cricket units, in which he had said that the board was looking at all options to stage IPL this year in empty stadiums.

“The BCCI is working on all possible options to ensure that we are able to stage the IPL this year, even if it means playing the tournament in empty stadiums. The fans, franchisees, players, broadcasters, sponsors and all other stakeholders are keenly looking forward to the possibility of IPL being hosted this year,” Ganguly wrote in the letter.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma