For those who wanted to know about the third edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), here is some news. The IPL III is tentatively scheduled to start on March 18, 2010. The tournament will last about 36 days, which means the final could be some time in the last week of April 2010. It could be on April 23.
So where does that leave the World Twenty20 in the West Indies, which was originally scheduled to start on April 23? The scheduled dates of the tournament are from April 23 to May 9.
So will the IPL be clashing with the World T20? Unlikely.
Now one hears that the World Twenty20 will be postponed by a week or 10 days. A source in the West Indies Cricket Board said it could be from April 30 to May 16.
The International Cricket Council officials, currently inspecting the venues in the Caribbean, could not be reached for clarification.
The cascading effect of the IPL will be felt at the domestic cricket level. Because of the advancement of the IPL dates, the next year’s Deodhar Trophy will take a beating.
A top official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India told DNA that the fixtures committee could not find a slot for the premier domestic one-day championship. The Ranji Trophy will begin on November 3 and the first match of the season – Irani Trophy – is likely to be held from October 2.
The fixtures committee has decided to introduce two-tier leagues at the age-group level from this year. The under-22 and under-19 cricket will have Elite and Plate leagues, just like the Ranji Trophy. The committee also decided to revive the inter-state T20 tournament from this year.
Among other things, the committee has identified the venues for the seven ODIs against Australia in October.
There are reports that Kolkata has been ignored but one gets to know that Cricket Association of Bengal has been told that its turn – as per the rotation system of the BCCI – will come during the Sri Lanka series.
Guwahati and New Delhi, which missed out on hosting ODIs against England last year because of terror attacks, have been given the Australia matches. The detailed fixtures of the season will be announced in a couple of days.