IPL 13 Tentative dates: BCCI Plans to Conduct League From Sept 26 to Nov 8.

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There are some very interesting reports coming out. BCCI has came up with tentative dates to host IPL. It is reported that UAE could be the possible destination for IPL; from September 26 to November 8. The window came up for discussion during BCCI Apex Council meet on Friday and if finalised, it will mean the board will have to conduct 60 matches in 44 days.

But there’s drawback. Sources say that the broadcaster, i.e. the Star India are unhappy. The reason being, Star wants to make optimum use of the Diwali week. Diwali is on Saturday, November 14. One more concern is that; as the IPL will be held in UAE; most matches will be held at afternoon. This can affect ratings.

Star brought the IPL broadcasting rights in 2018; with a huge bid of Rs. 16,347 crores. Each year Star pays BCCI; Rs 3500 to 4000 Cr.

BCCI explains why they excluded Diwali weekend.

Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that the broadcast rating are not immense during Diwali and BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) ratings have been not so productive during that timeline. He verbally expressed that there’s a dip in ratings. Though, he assured that they’ll discuss it with Star India if there’s a problem.

He further added that during Diwali; players get break to spend time with near and dear ones.

“Not only do the players get a well-deserved break, but also spend quality time with near and dear ones during one of the biggest celebrations in the country. We can always discuss this with the broadcasters again if there is any sort of confusion. This is the sole reason why the IPL wasn’t extended into the Diwali weekend.”

Extending the league by a week may prove to be a difficult proposition as India are scheduled to tour Australia in December and for that, under the current health guidelines, they will have to arrive in the country well in advance.

The first Test of that tour is scheduled to start from December 4.

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