IPL 2020

Mumbai Indians' Mitchell McClenaghan appeals during the 56th match of IPL 2019 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, on May 5. (IANS photo)

NEW DELHI — The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League is set to get underway on March 29 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai with Mumbai Indians kicking off the campaign on their home ground.

Speaking to IANS, a Delhi Capitals official said that the starting date is set to be March 29 with defending champions Mumbai Indians playing the opener at Wankhede.

This means that the teams playing the first couple of games will miss the services of the Australian, English and Kiwi foreign recruits as there will be two international series on at that point in time with Australia and New Zealand clashing in a T20I series that has the last game on March 29 and the England-Sri Lanka Test series which ends on March 31.

Speaking to IANS, a senior official of one of the franchises had earlier said that they were keeping fingers crossed that the IPL Governing Council will go back to the old format of having double headers through the tournament and start around April 1.

"See, while the Australia-New Zealand series ends with the final T20I being played on March 29, the second Test of the series between England and Sri Lanka technically ends only on March 31. In such a scenario, you start the season minus your big players and that isn't a happy occasion. If we do start from April 1, the scenario looks so much better. Hopefully, the IPL GC will see what we are speaking about makes for a consideration," the official had said.

But looks like the IPL Governing Council is keen on doing away with too many double headers and want to ensure that fans get the best of viewing time.

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