A senior BCCI official told PTI on Tuesday that the remaining Indian Premier League matches will start likely on September 18 or 19 in the UAE.
As many as 10 doubleheaders anticipated to be played over a three-week period.
It’s possible that the IPL final may take place on October 9 or 10.
The three- week window will be sufficient for the IPL to complete its remaining 31 games for the season. It results in a win-win situation for the BCCI, teams, and broadcasters.
Meanwhile, the IPL was postpone on May 4 after multiple Covid-19 cases were discover inside its bio-bubble.
BCCI officials statement:
“The BCCI has spoken to all the stakeholders and the likely start could be between September 18th to 20th. Since September 18 is a Saturday and 19 a Sunday, it is more likely that you would want to re-start it on a weekend date,” the official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“Similarly, October 9th or 10th will be the final as it’s a weekend. We are finalising the itinerary and there will be 10 double headers and seven evening matches along with four main games (two qualifiers, one eliminator and the final), which completes the list of 31 matches,” the official added.
The Indian squad’s final Test match against England is to end on September 14 in Manchester.
The entire team (excluding Hanuma Vihari and Abhimanyu Easwaran) would be fly to the UAE on a chartered airplane for a “bubble to bubble” move the next day
“The Indian team and the English players who will be available will fly in the same charter flight from Manchester to Dubai. Similarly, the West Indies players will also fly in after completing the Caribbean Premier League engagements. There will be a three-day quarantine for players arriving from the UK and the Caribbean,” the source said.
A franchise official also said that BCCI had communicated with them about the situation.
“We have been told by the BCCI to be ready for the tournament. We have given a September 15 to 20 window,” a team official said.