IPL 2020 Timeline: Effect of Coronavirus (Covid-19) on the 13th IPL Season, Full Sequence of Events

IPL 2020 Timeline

Vivo IPL 2020, which was scheduled to happen between March 29, 2020, to May 24, 2020, was postponed to April 2015. But this time around, the Coronavirus has hit the big tournament time. As WHO (World Health Organisation) declare Covid 19 as a pandemic, the deadly viral disease has its effect on the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well. The BCCI (Board for cricket control in India) led by Sourav Ganguly has decided to suspend the tournament until April 15, 2020. Let’s take a look at the IPL 2020 timeline and check out the full sequence of events right from the auction to the IPL postponement post Coronavirus (Covid-19) effect.

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IPL 2020 Timeline: Full Sequence of Events from Auction till IPL Postponement

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December 19: IPL Auction, 2020:

The build-up to the IPL 2020 mega event kicked off in December last year with the IPL Auctions 2020. The events saw some big purchases as the eight franchises were involved in an intense bidding war. The eight teams of the IPL 2020 include the Mumbai Indians (MI), Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRK), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Delhi Capitals (DC) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)As a result, the IPL 2020 Auction witnessed the most expensive IPL player purchases ever in the tournament history ever since its inception in 2008 by its founder Lalit Modi. The Auction ended later that day, and all the eight teams and the IPL 2020 players list was finalised.

2020 IPL Auction Highlights

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The Australian fast bowler, Pat Cummins, happened to be the most expensive purchase in IPL History. Kolkata Knight Riders bagged him for whopping 15. Besides, Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, and Chris Morris also hit the 10-crore mark. Kings XI Punjab picked the explosive all-rounder for Rs 10.75 crores. Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bagged Chris Morris for 10-crores, Again, Kings XI Punjab came into the frame with the purchase of West-Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell for 8.5 crores. The fifth most expensive player in IPL 2020 happens to be the Australian paceman Nathan-Coulter Nile. Mumbai-India bagged the Australian quick for eight crores. Interestingly, there was no Indian player in the Top 5 of the 2020 IPL Auction. The most expensive player in the ipl 2020 was the leg-spinner Piyush Chawla as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) led by MS Dhoni got him for 6.75 crores.

January 2020: Concussion Substitute, Third Umpire for No Ball and IPL All-Star Game

Next in the IPL 2020 timeline, BCCI has brought in many of the firsts in the IPL 2020 season, which include the Concussion substitute, third umpire for no-ball. These two are the latest additions to the 13th season of the Indian Premier League. As a noble gesture, BCCI announced to conduct an IPL All-Star game featuring top national and international players on March 29 for charity.

IPL 2020 Schedule, Venue, Match Date and Timings

February 18, 2020:

The franchises received the IPL 2020 final fixtures from the organisers. The inaugural match of the Vivo ipl 2020 schedule to happen between the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) led by Rohit Sharma and last year’s finalists, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) under the leadership of MS Dhoni at Wankhede, Mumbai. The ipl 2020 final was scheduled for May 24. The 13th edition of the league saw the inclusion of an additional week for the league matches, thereby making it the longest season in the IPL history. The last IPL league game was scheduled on May 17 between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) in Bangalore. Interestingly, there were no doubleheaders on Saturdays this season as organisers have decided to discontinue the same. 

February 20, 2020: 

IPL’s governing council chairman Brijesh Patel announced that the postponement of IPL all-star game. Initially, the All-Star game was originally planned to be held before the IPL tournament. Citing operational reasons, he announced that the All-Star Game would be conducted post-IPl 2020. The two teams participating in the clash features top performing players of the IPL 2020.

Also Read: IPL 2020 Points table: Team Standings, Rankings, Net Run Rate (NRR) and More

March 3, 2020: BCCI Rules Out the Effect of Coronavirus(Covid-19) Outbreak on IPL 2020

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BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly, and IPL governing council chairman Brajesh Patel ruled out any threat to the IPL 2020 due to Covid-19 disease. They affirmed that IPL 2020 would be conducted as per the schedule, and the coronavirus threat has nothing to do with the conduct of the tournament.

March 5, 2020:

BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly, again reassured the conduct of 2020 ipl as per the schedule with strict precautionary measures in place. The measures would ensure to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus threat. 

March 10, 2020: 

Karnataka Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar wrote to the center seeking central government guidance on the conduct of Indian premier league (IPL) matches 2020 in Bangalore. Marine Drive Residents Action Group (MDRAG) wrote to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Mumbai Police seeking the cancellation of IPL to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

March 11, 2020

The IPL governing council has decided to meet on March 14 to discuss the threat of Coronavirus to the IPL 2020. There were also speculations as to the conduct of 2020 ipl matches behind closed doors. At the same time, the directive from the Ministry of Health and Family welfare further spurred the cancellation chances of IPL 2020. The Ministry has tweeted in which it mentioned to suspend all existing visas till April 15, 2020. The visas of official, UN/International Organizationsdiplomatic, employment, project visas, are exempted. The Ministry clarified that the new rules would come into effect from March 13, 2020, from 12.00 GMT.

Also Read: IPL 2020: 9 Players who might be Playing their Final IPL Season

March 12, 2020:

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has asked the IPL governing council to think over the decision to conduct the IPL 2020 tournament in the wake of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Kiran Rijiju, the union sports minister, tweeted urging the sports bodies to follow the guidelines issued by the Health ministry strictly. He mentioned to avoid mass gathering of the crowds and conduct the sporting events behind closed doors. Also, there was the health ministry directive to quarantine all the Indian and foreign players for a 14-day window also cast doubts on the conduct of the tournament. 

The Maharashtra state government conducted a cabinet meeting and decided to ban the sale of tickets for IPL matches at Wankhede, Mumbai, to avoid crowd gathering. The deputy chief minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, announced the ban of all sports gatherings in Delhi, including IPL due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

March 13, 2020:

In the final sequence of the ipl 2020 timeline, BCCI has decided to suspend the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) till April 15 amid coronavirus outbreak. The move comes as a precautionary measure against the novel Covid-19 infection. 

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