After months and months of speculation the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season is all set to kick off on September 19 (Saturday) in the UAE. The cash rich league will begin without its customary glitz and glamour. It is for the second time that no opening ceremony will be held Last year, the opening ceremony was cancelled as the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to donate the allocated fund to the families of CRPF personnel, who lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack.This year the tournament will be held behind closed door at three venues including Dubai and Sharjah.
The opening match will be played between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at Sheikh Zayed Stadium at 7:30 pm.Moreover, there will no cheerleaders for the first time. Taking further measures against the coronavirus pandemic, IPL 2020 players themselves have been instructed to stay in their bio-bubble. They have been informed to play while adhering to the bio-security norms as imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). As per instructions listed by the BCCI, any breach to the bio-bubble will be subjected to punishment. The 53-day event will conclude on November 10. India captain Virat Kohli who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore and most of Indias top players have been in the Emirates since late last month.