The Board of Control for Cricket in India,has finally released the long awaited schedule for the upcoming Indian Premier League, and in keeping with tradition, defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on runners-up Chennai Super Kings in the opener in Abu Dhabi on September 19.
Shifted out Of India due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, the cash rich T20 league will be held in the three venues of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the UAE.
After the tournament-opener in the capital city, Dubai will host its first game the next day when Delhi Capitals take on Kings XI Punjab followed by the third match on Monday between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The action will then shift to Sharjah on September 22 when Rajasthan Royals will host Chennai Super Kings.
There will be 10 double headers, with the first match starting at 3:30pm IST and the second 7:30pm, according to a BCCI release.
In all, 24 matches will be held in Dubai, 20 in Abu Dhabi and 12 in Sharjah.
Venues for the playoffs and the IPL 2020 final will be announced later. The final is slated for November 10.
The upcoming 53-day edition is by far the longest in the history of the league.