Ziva, MS Dhoni
Ziva and her father MS Dhoni.

IPL 2020 will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), its chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed after the global governing council postponed the 2020 T20 World Cup to next year. IPL 2020 is likely to get underway in September and will run till November. It will be the second time in history that the lucrative tournament will be held at the gulf.

However, the IPL 2020 will be different as the cricket board will have to develop a bio-bubble environment to make sure the safety of the players is maintained. With safety as the primary concern Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has barred their players from carrying family for the lucrative tournament to Dubai.

According to a report in The New Indian Express, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will leave it to the franchises to decide with regards to players and support staff bringing their families along for the IPL. Apart from a couple of franchises, it is understood that others are not keen on families being on tour given the risk factor involved, the report added.

CSK are expected to depart for UAE as early as August 10, subject to government clearance. The Chennai franchise will be the first team to leave for the lucrative tournament.

Incidentally, this comes after MS Dhoni had started to prepare for IPL early before it got disrupted due to the pandemic situation.