The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League is set to begin on September 19 with the final on November 8, IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed on Friday (July 24).
The tournament will be held in UAE, pending all government clearances. Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia on Friday advocated daily testing of players during the IPL and predicted that the upcoming edition in the UAE will be the most-watched in the tournament’s history.
Wadia’s comments came after IPL chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed that the T20 league will be held from 19 September to 8 November. All teams are now awaiting the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) from the BCCI, which will finalize the logistics in the IPL Governing Council meeting next week.
“Strict safety protocols have to be put in place both for off-field and on-field activities to make the IPL safe and successful. They should not be compromised at all,” Wadia told PTI
“UAE also has a very high testing rate (472,575 per million) and they have all the technology at their disposal. The BCCI will need the help of local government in ensuring adequate testing is done,” Wadia said.
“From the logistics perspective, we have done IPL in the UAE before. But this time you have to add a lot more protocols. I am sure the BCCI will do the needful. There is also enough knowledge to be gained form football leagues like the EPL on how they are going about their job in COVID times.”
“I do hope that the BCCI will look at compensating all teams (in case there is no gate money involved),” Wadia added.