ICC has recently announced the postponement of world cup T20 that was scheduled to happen this year in Australia. With that said, the doors for a full-fledged IPL 2020 are open. IPL governing committee has called upon a meeting within 10 days to decide the course of the world’s best T20 league.
Fans all over the world are eagerly waiting to see their favorite stars back on the cricket field. With a shuffle of players in the auction, a power-packed IPL was expected. More than the fans, IPL is a great platform for the players to showcase their talent. With more than 4 months of staying at home, there is definitely some adverse effect on the form of players.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ICC has shelved the world cup. An empty September-November slot will be the one IPL governing committee will be looking into.
Brijesh Patel has made it clear that there will be no revision in the tournament’s format. A total of 60 matches is what they’ve planned. Earlier, New Zealand offered to conduct the IPL 2020 there. But as of now, UAE seems like the front-runner to host the thirteenth edition of IPL.
IPL 2020 Could be Challenging for Teams and Players
However, the franchisees are already working on the operational parts even before the announcement made by ICC. As the majority of Indian players don’t have access to the grounds, they will need at least 3-4 weeks of training to get ready for IPL 2020.
Also, India will be visiting Australia right after the IPL 2020, it will be an important aspect to keep players fit.
As the Pandemic has no specific pattern and no vaccine has been developed, player’s safety will be the utmost priority for BCCI. Trent Boult has already hinted his unavailability. He was bought by Mumbai Indians earlier. Not only Boult, but there will also be many names who can withdraw their names from IPL 2020. The committee and the franchisees must be accounting for this factor.
Amidst the lockdown work from home has become the new normal. Sunil Gavaskar hinted that the commentary may be done from the living room. This is a safer and cost-effective option to go with.
It will be important to see how the committee can attract sponsors and broadcasters when the matches are to be played without the audience.
Here are some points that could be the talking point in the upcoming meeting for IPL-13
- How will the structure of the matches go on? Will there be more double-headers?
- As it will be played in empty stadiums, how will BCCI compensate the franchisees who earn a major part of their earnings by visitors?
- BCCI to present SOPs for the safety of each and every member associated.
- Are we going to see the virtual commentary for IPL 2020? Earlier, Irfan Pathan, Aakash Chopra, and Deep Dasgupta were seen commentating remotely for a match in South Africa.
Cricket is a religion in India and fans can’t wait for more to see the likes of Warner, ABD, Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and many more to see playing for their favorite teams. Stay connected for the latest updates on IPL 2020.