BCCI Apex Council meeting today: Clarity on IPL 2020 schedule, the venue can be expected
Top chiefs in the BCCI are set to meet in the Apex Council meeting on Friday. The schedule of IPL 2020 and its venue is between the top topics discussed in the list. Starting with domestic cricket and the revised plan of India vs. England, bilateral series is will also be discussed.
BCCI: Highlights of the Apex Council Meeting
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Apex Council meeting has been scheduled to be held via video conferencing on Friday in light of the pandemic COVID-19. While a set of 11 points are to be highlighted and discussed in the much-anticipated meeting, the prospect of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 will be the main focus.
A few days before, talks of a training camp were held in Dubai with the BCCI-contracted players earned momentum. With UAE also being one of the favored destinations for the franchise league is in a case where the pandemic situation doesn’t enable BCCI to host IPL in India and to hold training camp in the Arab country sensibly makes sense.
However, there’s still no official approval from the International Cricket Council (ICC) over the postponement of this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia. BCCI hasn’t paused its planning on hosting IPL in September-October or October-November. In the Apex Council meeting on Friday, there are chances that management can clarify the T20 league’s fortune, especially with concerns about the restart plans.
Also, the Indian player’s team management asked the BCCI for a 6-week training period for players before any competitive cricket tournament. Although the Indian players have been training individually after the lockdown occurred, a national camp is expected to start in the upcoming weeks, even if cricket is to return in September.
Other than IPL, the BCCI also concentrates on restarting domestic cricket tournaments in the country and the rescheduling of the bilateral series at home against England, which was to begin in mid-September. A possible dispute with IPL reportedly saw the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) suspend the series, and the Indian Board will be discussing a new tentative schedule in the meeting.
England to postpone India’s tour!
England cricket team is reported to decide to postpone their upcoming tour of India in September as the BCCI plans to organize IPL 2020 later that month. England is scheduled to tour India for three T20Is and three ODIs in September. The BCCI expects to host IPL 2020 in the last week of September in light of pandemic COVID-19. This clash of events is expected to witness ECB cancel their tour of India.
The pandemic COVID-19 has caused a massive upset in the sporting calendar over the world. While major European football leagues have extended their seasons beyond the general timelines and cricketing bodies are still trying to find their way out of the pandemic struggle. England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has become the first international board to continue back with its top-level cricketing tournaments and the Test series against West Indies. As far as their tour of India is concerned, it isn’t expected to happen as per the schedule.
England & Wales Cricket Board is geared up to suspend England’s tour of India that was scheduled to start in September since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking towards organizing the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the last week of September. England’s India’s tour included three ODIs and as many T20Is, beginning from September 16, but the fixture congestion amid the pandemic COIVD-19 is ready to see the bilateral series being postponed.