As earlier it was announced that IPL 2020, will be held in UAE amid Covid-19 scare in India. Although the BCCI had earlier received in-principle permission from the government, written permission was required to finalize the contract with the Emirates Cricket Board
With the government clearances coming in, the upcoming Indian Premier League is all set to start on UAE from September 19th. But the IPL Governing Council is yet to announce the schedule of the league. Normally the schedule for the IPL is announced minimum 40-45 days before the event so that teams can plan their logistics, broadcasters can plan their campaigns and team sponsors can finalize their integrations accordingly.
The hunt for this year’s IPL title sponsorship is still on, BCCI wants to complete the process soon so they can further focus on the execution of the IPL 2020 in UAE. Expression of Interest (EOI) to be issued soon, letter of intent by the interest parties to be submitted by end of this week, deadline to submit bid by the parties is 18 August, bids opening will be on the same day.
“We know everyone is waiting for the league’s schedule. But we will still take 7-8 days to finalize the schedule for IPL 2020. We still have to do the pre-check of the grounds and the stadiums, once all is done, we will release the schedules”, said IPL chairman, Brijesh Patel.
Meanwhile, the good news is that BCCI has received the central government’s formal approval to conduct this year’s Indian Premier League in the UAE, IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel revealed.
The IPL will be held in the UAE from September 19 to November 10 in three cities — Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. First match will be played between Mumbai Indians & Chennai Super Kings.