BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly has said IPL 2020 would be a truncated one as it has been postponed already due to the coronavirus pandemic. But he has not outlined in what way it would be truncated as it’s still early days to dwell on it.
At the moment, IPL 2020 looks unlikely unless the situation improves. But BCCI and franchise owners are adamant on holding it, even if it means stretching it to June.
So, how would a truncated IPL 2020 look like? What are the options available? Cricwizz dwells on it.
It might not stretch to June
IPL might not be extended to June as most foreign cricketers would move on for their international assignments. And franchise owners wouldn’t be ready to play without them. Hence, IPL has to be wrapped up by the end of May, even if it’s a truncated one as long as foreign players are in the squad.
Giving up the home and away format
Yes, the home and away format has been followed since the inaugural IPL season. But if the season has to be finished before the end of May, this format has to be done away with. So, what could be the possible formats that can be tried in IPL 2020?
- Putting the teams into the four-team group. These two groups can follow the home and away format. The top two teams from each group can move into knockouts. This will reduce the number of games drastically and enable the season to be completed.
- Another format is to have each team play only once against each other. But each team can have four home games and three away games, depending on the rankings obtained in the last season. The top four teams will move into play-offs.
Even a shorter IPL would be possible with a flexible format
The eight teams can be divided into two groups of four sides each. Each side in the group can play each other twice, home and away. The winners of the group will play the final.