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Covid-19 outbreak: BCCI looking at the July-September window for IPL 13 | Cricket News


MUMBAI: How far can the Indian cricket board go to host the Indian Premier League (IPL), if the Covid-19 outbreak shows signs of being under control in the coming months? Far away, apparently.

Until Saturday, when franchise owners met with the headlines of BCCI offices and members of the IPL governing council to discuss the matter, playing a truncated league within a delayed and shortened window looked like ‘ Plan B ‘designated.

However, as it turns out now, it seems that there is no ‘Plan B’ in place, but only a ‘Plan A’, which is hosting the entire tournament consisting of 60 matches, if not now, later if not in India, abroad. if not with all available players, some.

How far can the BCCI really go to achieve this? Far away it seems.

The Future Tours Program (FTP), the annual cricket calendar for 2020, has little consequence between the months of July and September, except for the Asia Cup T20 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) scheduled in September and England as the venue for Pakistan at home before playing Ireland in the white ball format.

Other than that, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is officially planning to release The Hundred from this English summer (between June and July).

But apart from England and Pakistan, most other cricket nations (Australia, the West Indies, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan (the last three will be part of the Asian Cup) don’t have a full window .

In addition to the Asian Cup in September, the only series that India will play before the T20 World Cup in Australia are three ODI and 3 T20 in Sri Lanka (June / July).

BCCI is likely wondering right now if and how those times can be adjusted.

“The IPL 2009, in South Africa, was played in 37 days. That’s five weeks and two days. If that kind of window is available, the IPL can be held partly in India and partly abroad, or the entire tournament it can be changed, depending on how the situation of Covid-19 is worldwide “, say those who know.

There are certain formulas according to which the programming of a tournament works.

In the IPL case, “with each week lost of a minimum of 37 days, it should be reduced from nine to 11 games,” industry executives say.

Based on this, the tournament schedule will take effect, in the event that accommodative circumstances prevail in the near future.

The league’s multiple stakeholders are already busy working on the various options that can come up when the time comes.

Times of India