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The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, that is, IPL 2020 will be held in the United Arab Emirates this year. According to the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) and Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), UAE currently is the safest destination to host the IPL 2020.

The IPL will be played across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah and will be telecasted on the Live Sports Network. The live streaming of the IPL 2020 will be available on the OTT platform, Disney + Hotstar.

As far as the schedule is concerned, The Indian Premier League (IPL) has decided to hold this year’s tournament from the 19th of September 2020 to the 10th of November 2020. This will include a total of ten doubleheaders. The evening matches will start at 7:30 p.m. IST. The IPL 2020 final will be played on the 10th of November 2020. The striking aspect this year is that it will be a 53-day tournament, instead of a 49-day tournament, which will feature 10-afternoon matches at 15:30 (3:30 p.m.) IST while the evening matches will start at 19:30 (7:30 p.m.) IST.

With respect to the player replacements, there will be no change in the player policy and the franchises will be free to travel with extra players so as to avoid last-minute travels. This means the IPL franchises this season will have bigger squads and more players will travel to UAE with the team.

Talking about the changes that’ll happen in this year’s tournament, the GC chairman Brijesh Patel said, “In all these years of IPL, the responsibility of accommodation, hospitality, travel, etc – during the IPL – has been of the team owners. Nothing is going to change this year. The only change will be in the SOPs with regards to COVID.”

There are certain rules for the players. It’s mostly a set of do’s and doesn’t ‘s. The players are not allowed to shake hands or touch each other in any manner. They won’t be allowed to use each other’s towels or toiletries or anything at all. Wearing a mask is compulsory at all times except while training. Apparentlypparently, there’ll be a special COVID helpline that’ll be set up for the players.

The UAE currently has 6,000 active cases and so the ECB Secretary Mubashshir Usmani said they’re hopeful of letting some fans in. In an interview, he said, “We will definitely want our people to experience this prestigious event but it is totally the government’s decision. For most events here, the number ranges from 30 to 50 percent capacity, we are looking at a similar number. We are hopeful of getting our government’s approval on that.”