IPL 2020 to start on September 19 with MI vs CSK match
David (The Jaihind Express Web Desk)
Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians will open IPL 2020 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on September 19 as BCCI announced the full schedule on Sunday for the tournament set to begin in two weeks' time.
The Board was awaiting the results of Covid-19 tests of CSK camp before the announcement of the full schedule and with all members of the franchise testing negative barring the players and support staff in quarantine, the MS Dhoni-led team will feature in the season opener against the defending champion MI, lead by Rohit Sharma.
Meanwhile, a member of the BCCI's medical commission who is in UAE for IPL 2020 has tested positive coronavirus. This takes the number of confirmed cases in the IPL to 14. The previous 13 positives cases had all come from the Chennai Super Kings camp, which included players Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaekwad. The member of the medical commission is reportedly asymptomatic and has been put in quarantine. The total number of new positive cases in UAE on Wednesday was 735.
BCCI and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) had earlier managed to obtain relaxation in the 14-day quarantine requirement in Abu Dhabi, paving way for the announcement. The focus point leading up to the announcement was whether the BCCI wanted CSK to play the first match or not, or postpone their matches by a week.
Initially, there were reports suggesting that RCB might play against defending champions Mumbai Indians, after two CSK players -- Chahar and Gaikwad tested Covid-19 positive.