The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction for 2020 edition was recently held in Kolkata, where franchises bought their desired cricketers. Since then, the fans have been waiting desperately for the announcement of the IPL 2020 dates. However, rumors were floating around that the next edition will kick off in March 2020. But now it seems like those rumors were true as a report claim that the 2020 IPL will begin on March 29.
As per a report in India Today, a Delhi Capitals (DC) official has revealed that the 13th season of IPL will commence on March 29 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, where the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will kickstart their campaign.
“I am told that the 2020 edition of the IPL will start on March 29 at Wankhede,” the official said.
This also means that the fans will miss Australian, English, and Kiwi players for the first couple of games as there will be two international series going on at that point in time. Australia and New Zealand will be facing each other in a T20I series that has the last game on March 29 and the England-Sri Lanka Test series, which ends on March 31.
As per reports, a senior official had earlier said that the IPL Governing Council would decide whether the tournament will start on April 1 or not.
“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.