The Indian Premier League 2020 is scheduled to start on 19th September 2020. Initially the IPL was scheduled to start on 29th March 2020. With the opening match of the season between the reigning champions Mumbai Indians and last year’s finalist Chennai Super Kings. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic the league was rescheduled. On 2nd August, the chairman of IPL, Birjesh Patel confirmed that the 13th season of the Indian Premier League will start in September.
Initially, the ICC T20 World Cup was scheduled to take place in October and November of 2020. But due to COVID-19, it is now postponed in 2021. This open window gave the opportunity to schedule the IPL matches in United Arab Emirates. The three venues to host the matches are Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League 2020 will host it’s first match on 19th of September.
Matches will start at 7:30pm Indian Standard Time. The ten afternoon matches will start at 3:30pm Indian Standard Time. Season will be 52 days long and the final will be played on November 10. The squad size will be 24 players per team. Substitutes and replacements to the squad will be given some leniency.
However, the big question arises on the continuation of the sponsorship of the Chinese mobile company “VIVO”. Is it a good decision to continue the sponsorship after the recent tensions between India and China? How will it affect to the count of the viewers?
The preparations to start the IPL this season has started in UAE. It is more important to ensure a safe and protected environment as necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Who do you think will win the IPL this season? Comment below your favorite team.
After a heavy criticism from media and fans. VIVO has officially pulled out of the sponsorship of IPL this season. The news came in on Tuesday, that the VIVO will not sponsor IPL this season. However, some reports suggest that they will be back in 2021. Who will replace VIVO as sponsors for this season is still unknown.