Going by the tentative schedule compiled by the BCCI, India and New Zealand face-off in the first of three T20Is in Jaipur on November 17.
The entire IPL was held in the UAE last year without any hassles and the BCCI will be hoping for a similar experience this time around.
On September 8, the Indian national selectors had picked the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup to be hosted in UAE and Oman.
During Ravi Shastri's tenure, India also recorded T20 series wins in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and England.
There are indications that post the T20 World Cup, India would get into transition mode, both in Tests and limited-overs with selectors keen on overhauling the squad.
Like how his predecessor, MS Dhoni, passed the baton to him, Kohli has done it now.
When it comes to handling junior players, the biggest complaint against Virat is leaving them in the lurch when the chips are down.
Skipper Kohli's contribution in T20Is has been immense, India can win the WC under his leadership: Rajeev Shukla
Shukla said that Kohli's contribution in T20Is for India has been immense not just as a batsman, but also as a leader.
'I've decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October,' Kohli said in a statement posted on his Twitter page.
Despite his team playing in spin-friendly surfaces such as the one in Chennai, Yuzvendra Chahal struggled for rhythm and could only pick four wickets in seven matches at an economy of 8.26.
The IPL will resume on September 19 in the UAE after being suspended in May due to the second wave of COVID-19 in India, which led to multiple cases inside its bio-bubble.
India skipper Virat Kohli has risen to the fourth spot while KL Rahul has held on to his sixth slot.
Australia has been drawn in a tough group in the Super 12 stage alongside defending champions West Indies, world number one England and South Africa.
South Africa men's cricket team finished their tour of Sri Lanka in glorious style when they won the final T20 International match in Colombo on Tuesday evening by 10 wickets.
Woakes, who plays for the Delhi Capitals in the IPL, pulled out the IPL along with compatriots Jonny Bairstow (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Dawid Malan (Punjab Kings).