The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is considering the option of holding the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on October 15 to cut down on the number of double-headers (two matches a day) in the sweltering UAE heat.
According to the earlier news of PTI, the tournament will start on Sunday 19 September and the final was planned to be held on 10 October, but now both the BCCI and the
A BCCI source told PTI on condition of anonymity, “It is from September 15 to October 15. Initially the BCCI was thinking of 10 double headers, but 10 matches in the afternoon in the third and fourth week of September can be quite tiring for the players in such a short span of time.
“So, if Friday October 15 is chosen, it will be the start of the weekend in India and a holiday in Dubai, giving fans a chance to come and enjoy some tough cricket on the field,” he said. This will achieve two objectives. Also, the number of double headers will also come down from 10 to five or six.
Currently, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, Vice President Rajeev Shukla, Acting CEO Hemang Amin, Treasurer Arun Dhumal, Joint Secretary Jayesh George and IPL President Brijesh Patel are in the UAE to finalize the arrangements. Secretary Jay Shah has returned to India after inspecting several meeting and venues with Emirates Cricket Board officials.
The Indian team will play the final Test in England in Manchester and if it goes on till the fifth day, it will end on 14 September. The next day IPL players from India will reach Dubai from Manchester by chartered plane.