02 Sep 2020: IPL 2020: Franchises vouch for conducting warm-up games before opener
The Indian Premier League could witness warm-up games between the eight franchises ahead of the scheduled start on September 19.
As per reports, at least five IPL teams are in favor of the same.
Fact: These games will be a proper dress-rehearsal: Official
"Be it the IPL operations, the franchise managements, the cricketers or the broadcasters, warm-up games will be a proper dress rehearsal, something that's much-required considering the times we are living in," a franchise official said.
Broadcaster: Warm-up games could increase the viewership
It has been learned that the official broadcaster Star has shown interest in either streaming or televising the games.
This could result in surge of viewership even before the commencement of IPL.
Although the broadcaster has refused to comment on the matter, it is understood that it is inclined towards the proposal.
Nevertheless, the final decision regarding it still rests with the BCCI.
BCCI: BCCI to make a decision soon
An IPL insider revealed that the BCCI may tell the franchises to figure it out among themselves, rather than taking this up.
According to a franchise executive, an expect response is expected shortly.
"Warm-ups are the only way to get players back right from day one as they have not set foot on a cricket field for long," a franchise executive said.
Development: The schedule of 2020 IPL is yet to be announced
Amid all the developments, BCCI's biggest concern will be to decide the official schedule of the forthcoming IPL season.
A number of COVID-19 positive cases in the Chennai Super Kings camp have already delayed the announcement.
As of now, the IPL is set to commence on September 19 and will be played across three venues in UAE (Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai).