IPL 2020, which was postponed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, will now be held in the UAE, Brijesh Patel, IPL Chairman was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. He also said that “We have applied for the government’s permission. We will discuss the further course of action in the IPL General Council.”
Meanwhile, the formal announcement on the matter would be taken in the next meeting of the body. Also, there is no confirmation on the date for the tournament. However, the BCCI is tentatively looking for the window between September 26 and November 7 for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League.
Patel said that the BCCI was waiting for the ICC to formally postpone the T20 World Cup 2020. Since it has happened now, it freed up a window for IPL 2020.
As per the report, he also said that Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah would be the three main venues for the tournament. When asked about whether the tournament would be played behind closed doors, the Chairman said that it totally depends on the UAE government.
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In April, the BCCI had postponed the IPL indefinitely in the wake of rising cases of contagion disease in India. Although the BCCI had intended to host the IPL in India, the spread of coronavirus has made that unfeasible. India is currently the third worst-hit nation with more than 11 lakh cases so far.