Only 14 days left for the 13th season of Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) but the schedule is not released by BCCI yet. But according to the latest development, the IPL 2020 schedule is almost complete, and it leaves only final approval from the authorities.
The IPL Governing Council had sent the proposed schedule to the Emirates Cricket Board and after the approval from BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and BCCI secretary Jay Shah, it will be released.
As it is learnt by The Sports News, the opening match of the IPL 2020 will be played between defending champions Mumbai Indians and IPL 2019 runner-up Chennai Super Kings on September 19 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. For the opening match, Chennai Super Kings will travel to Abu Dhabi from Dubai, while Mumbai Indians are based in Abu Dhabi.
It is good news for Chennai Super Kings fans, after the reports of Chennai Super Kings missing the opening match of IPL 2020.
Also, there are reports that the 20-25 matches will be played in Dubai and Abu Dhabi each. Sharjah will host 10-15 matches and is likely to host four matches of Women’s T20 Challenge.
Another reason for the reduction of number matches in Sharjah is that there are only two wickets at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.