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Cricket Predictions: IPL scenario No 5 - Extending the League

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In 2009, when the IPL was held in South Africa, 59 matches were played inside 37 days. Hence, extending the date of the league's ending and playing the league over a shorter span is also an option.

The IPL final this year was scheduled to be played out on 14 May. However, it is believed that the league could look at the option of extending it to as far as June 7. Foreign players with commitments would be allowed to exit but the final can take place two-three weeks later than planned.

Tournaments like the English Premier League can afford to wait for a long time, but with the IPL having a very limited open window, the Indian league can not afford that. The Premier League is considering a June restart of the season, but the IPL can’t go beyond the first week of June, for there’s no other window.

A lot of international cricket and other T20 leagues across the world have already rolled out their fixtures and as soon as the crisis ends, there will be hardly any room to host the IPL after June.

In 2009, when the IPL was held in South Africa, 59 matches were played inside 37 days. Hence, extending the date of the league's ending and playing the league over a shorter span is also an option.

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