The full schedule for the group stage of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is out. The world’s best domestic T20 tournament will start on March 29 with the first match to be played between the arch rivals Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in Chennai. The last match of the group stage is scheduled to be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on May 17. The final will be played on May 24.
No official announcement yet
However, BCCI is yet to make any official confirmation on the IPL 2020 schedule and the schedule for the knockouts is also not announced. It is believed that BCCI is delaying the official confirmation owing to the confusion regarding the home matches of Rajasthan Royals. There were reports earlier that Rajasthan Royals will be playing few of their home matches in Guwahati this season. They have even listed Guwahati as their second home venue for this season.
“The rules clearly say that you can play three of your home matches at a second venue as long as you have the clearance of the IPL GC. So, the Royals franchise is not doing anything that is against the policy,” said a BCCI official.
No Saturday double headers
IPL has decided to move away from the Saturday double-headers, thereby adding another week to the league phase for the 2020 season. This means that the 13th edition of IPL will stretch across 50 days as compared to 44 last year. There will be only three matches on weekends with double-headers now only limited to Sundays.
No Change in Timings
As decided last year, the IPL governing council had decided against changing timings of the night games from 8 pm to 7.30 pm despite pressure from a few stakeholders. The afternoon matches will start at 4 pm IST, as usual.
All stars match before the IPL
For the first time BCCI will have an All-Stars Game between all top international players before the start of IPL for a charitable cause. The All-Stars match is likely to be held three days before the tournament begins and will be played between two teams, one consisting of players from IPL teams based at North and Eastern parts of the country and the next consisting of players from IPL teams based at South and Western parts of the country .