IPL schedule still a work in progress

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Mumbai Indians may take on the Chennai Super Kings in the opening match
Mumbai Indians may take on the Chennai Super Kings in the opening match

Dubai - It is learnt that Dubai and Abu Dhabi will play host to 21 fixtures, while Sharjah will host 14.

By James Jose

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Published: Thu 27 Aug 2020, 9:51 PM

Last updated: Fri 28 Aug 2020, 12:03 AM

All the eight franchises that will take part in this season's IPL have landed in the UAE, and while some are still in quarantine and some have started training, depending on the day they arrived, the match schedule for the tournament is not out just yet.

With little over three weeks to go before the first ball is bowled, the match schedule hasn't yet been confirmed.
It is business as usual as far as the teams are concerned as they go about the isolation as well as the PCR tests on day one, three and six, while Kings XI Punjab and the Rajasthan Royals, who were the first ones to arrive, have started training at the ICC Cricket Academy in Dubai.

But the schedule for the tournament is turning out to be a bit of a headache for the IPL governing council.
The previous schedule, when the league was originally to be played in India, had the match days as well as the venues pencilled in. That, though, is redundant now, and the new schedule has required more than a tweak.

With matches restricted to three venues - the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Dubai International Cricket Stadium and the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, the IPL governing council have had to work it out to its finest detail.

But they also have to factor in another important aspect - the Covid-19 border restrictions between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
A total of 60 matches are scheduled, with 56 making up the league phase.

In the current backdrop, what is not helping is the fact that six of the eight teams - Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad - are based out of Dubai, while the remaining two teams - defending champions Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders - are in the UAE capital.

It is learnt that Dubai and Abu Dhabi will play host to 21 fixtures, while Sharjah will host 14.
A schedule doing the rounds shows the Mumbai Indians taking on the Chennai Super Kings in the opening match at 7.30 p.m IST (6 p.m UAE time) on September 19.
Meanwhile, Royals Challengers Bangalore will begin training from Friday and the Chennai Super Kings are likely to join them.
james@khaleejtimes.com


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