An IPL between September and early November has been made doable 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 fully discard the concept of internet hosting the occasion in India itsef and mentioned they are going to arrive at a remaining resolution within the GC assembly.
Asked about the principle 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 accessing 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 nations. “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 staff proprietor informed PTI.
Since India tour Australia for a four-Test collection proper after the IPL, coaching of the Test gamers can also be an necessary challenge. Test specialists like Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari, who are usually not a part of the IPL, are more likely to prepare for the eagerly-awaited collection in a bio-secure setting on the newly-renovated Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad through the time of the IPL. A couple of fringe gamers are anticipated to affix them at Motera together with the Indian staff’s assist workers, which is free through the IPL.
Work from house has change into the norm amid the pandemic, subsequently, there’s a chance that IPL commentary will occur from the consolation of the lounge, a safer and value effective-option contemplating the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, who’s 71, are concerned.
The viewership is predicted to be a document one with individuals yearning for dwell cricket, one thing KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia has mentioned. However, it stays to be seen how a lot the broadcasters and groups are capable of entice 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 (unique schedule had solely 5 double headers).
2) BCCI might want to present a Standard Operating Procedure to IPL groups regardless that they are going to have their very own SOPs in place.
3) Will the BCCI compensate groups for not having the ability to generate gate cash this 12 months?
4) Will there be digital commentary from Star Sports? It was seen within the current 3TC occasion in South Africa with the likes of Aakash Chopra, Deep Dasgupta and Irfan Pathan commentating from house.
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