IPL 2020 shall be stuffed with challenges, have to have readability of thought: Suresh Raina

Mumbai, August 5

Chennai Super Kings’ star all-rounder Suresh Raina believes the upcoming Indian Premier League, to be performed within the UAE amid the COVID-19 pandemic, will pose a whole lot of new challenges for the gamers, and readability of thought can be key for a participant to succeed.   

The IPL this yr has been shifted to the UAE due to the pandemic and shall be held in three venues – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah – from September 19 to November 10 amid COVID-19 protocols laid down by the ICC and the BCCI.

“This IPL would be very interesting to see how the players are thinking,” Raina mentioned in a webinar after being named as the worldwide model ambassador for WTF Sports app.

“You are playing in different circumstances and you have a lot of protocol from ICC and at the same time you are going to go through (COVID-19) tests every two-three weeks.”

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According to BCCI’s commonplace working process (SOP), the Indian gamers and help workers should return detrimental for COVID-19 at the very least 5 occasions earlier than they begin coaching within the UAE and subsequently shall be examined each fifth day throughout the IPL.

“So, I would say coming out from all those tests you need to be clear with your head on what you are going to do on the field because at the end of the day when you are playing a sport, you need to enjoy the game,” mentioned Raina.

Insisting that health can be key to success after being struck at residence since March because of the pandemic, Raina mentioned he was eagerly ready for the event to start.

“In this pandemic, a whole lot of challenges have occurred (for the gamers) and health is the important thing. Luckily, we’re going early to the UAE.

“I believe, all tests will be done before the IPL and we will be in a good frame of mind because we all are sitting at home from last five months and it will be interesting to see how we fare on the field,” he mentioned.

“Everyone is going to enjoy the game and when you will enjoy the game you will have the best sporting event. I’m looking forward to it.”

Raina feels the benefit of conducting the event within the UAE is hassle-free logistics between venues.

“The neatest thing in Dubai is that you do not have logistical issues. It is 45 minutes from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. You go from there (Dubai) to Sharjah, its 40 minutes.

“In a way, we will have more rest and more time to plan our things and we know how to overcome the challenge,” mentioned Raina, who has performed 193 IPL video games and amassed 5,386 runs.

The 33-year-old CSK veteran believes pitches within the UAE are much like Chennai and it augurs nicely for the group. PTI

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