The 2020 version of IPL is finally going to be held but it will be the UAE that is to play host. Even if it is not the best option, it is still a welcome development. The long hiatus appears to have affected the financial health of the cricket board, BCCI. Media reports suggest payments within the cricket ecosystem have been delayed.
The forthcoming IPL will be the longest ever edition, 53 days. It plans to tweak rules to account for the pandemic- unlimited Covid-19 substitutes will be allowed. The tournament will be held in a bio-secure environment following the example set recently by England and West Indies who played a full-fledged test series.
Ideally, the IPL should have been held in India given that it is over six weeks away. However, the inclination of state governments to revert to lockdowns and the slow pace of return to normalcy has made it impossible. It represents lost economic opportunities for many in the Indian cricket ecosystem.