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Indian Government gives green light for IPL 2020 to take place in UAE

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The Indian Government has officially given the green light to the IPL governing council for the Indian Premier League (IPL) to take place in the UAE.

Earlier today, in the scheduled meeting of the governing council, it was decided that the 13th edition of the T20 League will be starting on the 19th of September.

It will include 10 double headers, and conclude with the final being played on the 10th of November, on a Tuesday, rather than the 8th, so that the tournament goes to another week.

A BCCI official told the IANS, “We have decided to go up till November 10 and so the final will be held on a weekday for the first time. Also, to ensure that there is enough gaps between games considering the travelling and the bio secure environment and keeping all these things in mind, we will have 10 double headers this season.”

The official added that all the evening matches will commence from 7:30 pm. He said, “We have decided to bring it forward by 30 minutes from the regular time of the IPL which is 8 p.m. for evening games and we will start at 7:30 instead.”

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Upon being asked whether the tournament will be held behind closed doors or not, the official said, “It would be great to have some fans come in as that would boost the morale of the players for sure. But what needs to be remembered is that the safety of the players is priority. So, these are things we will discuss with the ECB at the right time.”

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The governing council also decided to set a 24-player limit for each squad, and approved the use of unlimited COVID-19 substitutes.

It was decided in the meeting that despite the issues between India and China, Chinese phone brand VIVO will be retained as sponsors of the IPL due to the sponsorship agreement, and the decision was taken after consulting the legal team.

“The BCCI has taken this decision after the perusal of the sponsorship agreement and the ownership pattern and upon receiving legal advice in the matter,” the official explained.

Following the clash between India and China in the Galwan Valley, in which twenty Indian Army men, including officers, were killed in an unprecedented violent clash with Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops at Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh, BCCI announced on Twitter that they would be reviewing various sponsorship deals of the IPL in today’s meeting.