An IPL between September and early November has been made attainable by the ICC’s resolution on Monday (July 20) to postpone the T20 World Cup in Australia, scheduled for October-November, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“The IPL Governing Council is planning to hold a meeting very soon, perhaps, within a week and we will consider all options and logistics in that meeting. We are looking to hold full version of the IPL (60 games) as we have enough time in our hand. The venue could be most likely in the UAE. We have written to the Government for necessary permission,” Patel informed MyKhel. However, he didn’t utterly discard the thought of internet hosting the occasion in India itsef and stated they’ll arrive at a closing resolution within the GC assembly.
Asked about the primary challenges in conducting the occasion in present state of affairs, Patel later informed PTI: “Just the operational side of it. Whether you do it here or outside, it doesn’t matter (with no crowds).”
The franchisees had already been engaged on their plans for the IPL even earlier than the ICC announcement. With majority of the Indian gamers not getting access to grounds amid the pandemic, groups will want at the very least three to 4 weeks to get them match prepared.
Foreign gamers will fly in on to the UAE from their respective international locations. “Our players will need at least three to four weeks of training, if not more. We will finalise all our plans once the BCCI announces the dates. It looks like the IPL will be in the UAE and we are ready for that,” a group proprietor informed PTI.
Since India tour Australia for a four-Test sequence proper after the IPL, coaching of the Test gamers can be an essential concern. Test specialists like Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari, who aren’t a part of the IPL, are prone to practice for the eagerly-awaited sequence in a bio-secure setting on the newly-renovated Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad through the time of the IPL. A number of fringe gamers are anticipated to affix them at Motera together with the Indian group’s help workers, which is free through the IPL.
Work from house has turn out to be the norm amid the pandemic, subsequently, there’s a risk that IPL commentary will occur from the consolation of the lounge, a safer and price effective-option contemplating the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, who’s 71, are concerned.
The viewership is anticipated to be a document one with individuals longing for dwell cricket, one thing KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia has stated. However, it stays to be seen how a lot the broadcasters and groups are capable of appeal to from the sponsors within the present monetary local weather.
More moot factors and questions forward of the IPL GC assembly:
1) More double headers anticipated (authentic schedule had solely 5 double headers).
2) BCCI might want to present a Standard Operating Procedure to IPL groups regardless that they’ll have their very own SOPs in place.
3) Will the BCCI compensate groups for not having the ability to generate gate cash this yr?
4) Will there be digital commentary from Star Sports? It was seen within the latest 3TC occasion in South Africa with the likes of Aakash Chopra, Deep Dasgupta and Irfan Pathan commentating from house.
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