The 13the edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to start from March 29 at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. This will also mean that the defending champions Mumbai Indians will be playing the first match.
A Delhi Capitals official revealed details speaking to IANS.
“I am told that the 2020 edition of the IPL will start on March 29 at Wankhede,” the official said.
If this does happen, teams with players from Australian, New Zealand, and England players will have to do without them for a few matches. Australia and New Zealand will play a T20I series that will run through till March 29, while England will be playing a two-match test series in Sri Lanka which is scheduled from March 19 to the end of the month.
Not long ago, a senior official of one of the IPL franchises was talking about the IPL starting in April with the old format of doubleheaders on weekends.
“See, while the Australia-New Zealand series ends with the final T20I being played on March 29, the second Test of the series between England and Sri Lanka technically ends only on March 31. In such a scenario, you start the season minus your big players and that isn’t a happy occasion. If we do start from April 1, the scenario looks so much better. Hopefully, the IPL GC will see what we are speaking about makes for a consideration,” the official had said.
However, it now seems that the IPL will start in March with a lesser number of doubleheaders scheduled and a possible early start for the night games.