The 14th edition, which had to be postponed due to COVID-19, is predicted to restart around September 16-20 and finish on October 9-10. The timeline pits the IPL against the upcoming T20 World Cup which begins October 18, with both tournaments competing for time and space. But the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), the host organizer of the ICC tournament, has given assurances to the BCCI and agreed to form flexible provisions for the IPL scheduling, a development confirmed to BCCI member.
What will make the scheduling tricky is that the requirement by ICC requires over the grounds ten days before the beginning of the tournament, to organize for branding and other activities. therein case, the plan is to schedule the matches in a transitive manner at the three available venues – Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi. it’ll make sure that the league is concentrated at one venue for the ultimate few days and therefore the other two venues are often handed over to the ICC.
Given the time crux during a tight window of 22-23 days, the BCCI is known to be planning for multiple double-headers. Given the recent conditions, they might be scheduled at the top of September and therefore the beginning of October.
The availability of foreign players is another concern for the BCCI and therefore the eight franchises. The West Indies players are expected to return (the CPL gets over on September 19) then are the South Africans, but it gets sticky once you check out factors aside from the cricket calendar. A Steve Smith, as an example, might not be too excited to show up for a fee or INR 1 crore (he was bought for INR 2.2 crore by Delhi) while a Pat Cummins (bought INR 15.50 crore by KKR) or a Glenn Maxwell (bought INR 14.25 crore by RCB) may make themselves available because they might lose INR 7-8 crores each if they do not play the last half of the league.
While the overseas player situation is going to be clearer within the months to return, BCCI’s top priority will remain to stage the rest of the league, failing which can mean huge financial losses.