The next season of IPL is only a few months away, and just like any other year, fans and players wait in anticipation for the two-month-long T20 extravaganza to unfold in the Indian summer.
The build-up to IPL 2020 kick-started with the auctions that were hosted in Kolkata on December 19. With all the squads ready and raring to go, the official schedule for IPL-13 has still not been declared by the IPL governing council.
However, in a chat with IANS, one of the Delhi Capitals’ officials hinted at the possible start of the tournament on March 29. While everybody still awaits the official confirmation from the governing body, it is also speculated that Mumbai Indians might feature in the opening encounter at the Wankhede Stadium.
If the rumors are to be believed, the commencement of the IPL in March might not be accepted by most of the franchises with open arms. This will mean that the teams will lose upon a couple of their key foreign players due to their International duties.
Players from Australia, New Zealand will be involved in a T20I series which culminates on March 29. Likewise, English players will be able to wrap up the Test match against Sri Lanka only till April 1. The likes of Pat Cummins, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, and a few others might have to miss the first few games for their respective franchises.
This might result in a change of tactics for most of the teams and might hamper their strategies at the start of a new season. A few days back, one of the senior officials from a franchise stated that the teams hope that the IPL governing council could defer the date for the opening encounter to April 1.
However, until any official confirmation, it still remains to be seen if the IPL takes the center stage in late March or will the franchises succeed in beginning the season with their full strength squads next year.
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