The much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) All-Star match, which was reportedly scheduled to take place before the 2020 edition of the tournament, has now been delayed and will be taking place after this year’s tournament is over.
The 13th edition of the IPL will start from March 29 and will go on till May 24. The decision to postpone the match was taken due to operational reasons.
All the top performers throughout the IPL 2020 will be drafted into one team for the All-Star game.
“It will be after the tournament. We will see the performance of the players and on that basis, the two teams will be selected,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted IPL’s governing council chairman Brijesh Patel as saying.
It was Patel who originally proposed the idea of the all-star match and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to support him.
Earlier, it had been reported that the All-star game would take place before the IPL. However, the BCCI realised it did not have much time to get various things in place including the availability of players.
The IPL will begin just ten days after the three-match ODI series between India and South Africa.
Immediately after the ODIs against South Africa, five Indian players are set to travel to Bangladesh to participate in two T20Is between an Asian XI and a World XI, organised by the Bangladesh Cricket Board to commemorate the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh’s founding father.
Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians will be locking horns in the IPL’s opening match on March 29 at the Wankhede Stadium.