The BCCI has come up with a tentative schedule for the IPL where it aims to host this cricket extravaganza between September 26 and November 8- a total of 44 days for 60 games.
With Diwali clashing with these dates, both the broadcaster Star India and the teams seem to be unhappy.
Star wants to make the most out of the Diwali holidays to rake in advertisement revenue, which could be impacted due to the IPL. Moreover, afternoon matches may play spoilsport to Star’s screening of fresh content, especially during the holiday season during this time. To balance things out, Star wants the IPL to end in the weekend before Diwali.
“If the IPL concludes by November 8, the team can fly to Australia by the 10th, undergo COVID tests and start practice and warm-up matches so that the first Test can begin as scheduled. Also, India might want to play a day-night warm-up game ahead of the proposed day-night Test, and that will add days to the schedule.” A senior BCCI source was quoted saying on the condition of anonymity. The BCCI has to give the final dates to Cricket Australia for the series it aims to play Down Under.
Though the dates have been mooted, the BCCI governing council is yet to give it it’s final approval.
The BCCI aims to make public the final dates of the IPL after the International Cricket Council(ICC) takes a call on the postponement of this years Twenty20 World Cup.
Cricket Australia is tentatively holding its own Twenty20 premier league, the Big Bash League(BBL) between December 3 to February 6, for which it is waiting on the BCCI to give the final dates for the India-Australia series.