Mumbai Indians team players celebrate their victory against Chennai Super Kings in Hyderabad. File/ AFP
Although India's cricket authorities are still awaiting government approval, Brijesh Patel said the world's richest cricket tournament would be played for 51 days with the final on Nov. 8.
Under current UAE coronavirus rules, all travellers must self-isolate for two weeks after arriving. "Whatever are the UAE rules for tourists will be followed by everyone," Patel told AFP.
"The IPL will take place between Sept.19 to Nov.8. This is confirmed and the rest we will decide in the (IPL) governing council meeting next week."
Top stars ranging from England's Ben Stokes to Australians Steve Smith and David Warner have been lined up by the eight IPL teams on lucrative contracts. Any quarantine period could clash with domestic seasons.
Patel said the Board of Control for cricket in India will prepare operating procedures to combat the virus threat during the tournament.
"It is going to be a full-fledged 51-day IPL. We are in touch with the ECB -- Emirates cricket Board. And we will get clearance from the Indian government soon," he said.
The 13th year of the IPL was meant to have started in March but has been repeatedly postponed because of the pandemic. Dates were finally set after the T20 World Cup, which was scheduled to start in Australia in October, was postponed this week.
The IPL is the BCCI's main revenue earner. It has said it would lose more than $500 million if this year's tournament had not gone ahead.
Indian broadcaster Star Sports paid more than $220 million for five years of TV rights up to 2022. But it was reportedly targeting $400 million of revenue in 2020 alone.
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In a major blow to Chennai Super Kings, veteran batsman Suresh Raina will not be available for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) slated to be played in the UAE from Sept.19.
In-form Martin Kaymer, who has won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on three occasions, looks to add a fourth victory in the UAE to his resume with win in Golf in Dubai Championship presented by DP World.
Six teams will battle it out for the top honours as the tournament will get under way on Dec.6. A total of 33 matches will be played, with final slated for the Christmas eve.
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