IPL 2020 kicks off with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings on March 29, in a repeat of last year’s final.
Mumbai Indians will take on Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2020 opener.(Twitter Photo)
- The full schedule of the group stage of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is out
- According to ESPNcricinfo, IPL has done away with the Saturday double-headers
- IPL 2020 will start on March 29 with the 1st match to be played between MI and CSK
The full schedule of the group stage of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is out with all eight teams playing seven home matches at their respective home venues. The high-profile tournament will start on March 29 with the 1st match to be played between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings and the final will be played on May 24.
However, BCCI is yet to make any official confirmation on the IPL 2020 schedule and the schedule for the knockouts is also not announced.
According to ESPNcricinfo, IPL has done away with 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.
The last match of the league phase is scheduled to be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on May 17.
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Except for Rajasthan Royals, who have listed out Guwahati as their probable second home venue, the other seven franchises have stuck to their traditional venues for home games.
Earlier, 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.
In a noble gesture, the 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. The IPL will start only 11 days after India’s home ODI series against South Africa ends on March 18 in Kolkata.
“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,” the source was quoted as saying by IANS.
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