Dubai, Sept 7: With few days remaining for the mega cricket T20 tournament, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the full schedule for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 to be held in UAE. The season that will kick-start on September 19, will witness a blockbuster opening match taking place between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi.
The power-packed action will then staged in Dubai for the second game where Delhi Capitals will face Kings XI Punjab on September 20. SunRisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore will compete in Dubai on September 21, while Rajasthan Royals will host the three-time IPL champions CSK in Sharjah on September 22.
"There will be 10 doubleheaders with the first match starting at 3:30 PM IST and 2:00 PM UAE time. All evening matches will start at 7:30 PM IST and 6:00 PM UAE time. Venues for the playoffs and the IPL 2020 final will be announced later," the statement read. Dubai will host 24 games, 20 matches will be played in Abu Dhabi while the remaining 12 matches are scheduled to be played in Sharjah.
The complete fixtures for the league stage of the Dream11 IPL 2020 can be accessed by clicking HERE.
All the IPL teams have already reached UAE to take part in the tournament and are currently undergoing training in the bio-bubble tournament. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) was the last team to begin training as they finally stepped on the field on Friday after their third round of COVID-19 tests. Last week, they had confirmed that 13 personnel including two players had tested positive for COVID-19.
"13 personnel have tested positive of which two are players. All the affected person as well as their close contacts are asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members. They are being monitored by the IPL Medical Team," the BCCI had said in an official release.
The IPL was scheduled to stage in March but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed. With the ICC T20 World Cup being rescheduled, BCCI could find a window and set the IPL 2020 in motion.