As announced earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday announced the match fixtures for IPL 2020. Notably, IPL 2020 is going to start on September 19.
The first match of the tournament is supposed to be a blockbuster with Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians pitched against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings.
The first match will be played in Abu Dhabi in the UAE.
“The IPL Governing Council on Sunday announced the schedule for Dream11 Indian Premier League 2020 to be held in UAE. The season will kickstart on 19th September in Abu Dhabi with a blockbuster clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings,” read a statement released by the BCCI.
Second match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab
Dubai will host the second match, between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab.
“After the tournament opener on Saturday, Dubai will host its first game on Sunday when Delhi Capitals take on Kings XI Punjab followed by the third match on Monday between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore,” the release added.
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The action will then shift to Sharjah with Rajasthan Royals wrestling it out with CSK on September 22.
The BCCI also confirmed that there will be 10 double headers, with the first match starting at 3.30 pm IST and 2 pm UAE time. “All evening matches will start at 7:30 pm IST and 6 pm UAE time.”
Venues for the playoffs and the final will be announced later.
IPL 2020 to end by November 10
IPL 2020 is scheduled to be held from September 19 to November 10 and it will be held in the UAE. Three venues have been selected for the tournament—Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. In all, 24 matches will be held in Dubai, 20 in Abu Dhabi and 12 in Sharjah.
Cancellation of ICC T20 World Cup cleared way for IPL
Interestingly, the cancellation of the ICC T20 World Cup has made way for IPL 2020. IPL was supposed to start on March 29. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it had to be postponed. In fact, the tournament this year will be organised only because the T20 World Cup has been cancelled.
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