New Delhi, July 21
With the T20 World Cup’s postponement clearing the decks for a full-fledged IPL, the governing council of the glitzy occasion will meet in per week or 10 days’ time to plan its subsequent plan of action, eyeing the UAE because the host this yr.
An IPL between September and early November has been made attainable by the ICC’s resolution on Monday to postpone the T20 World Cup in Australia, scheduled for October-November, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“The IPL governing council will meet within a week or 10 days and all decisions (including final schedule) will be taken there. As of now, the plan is to have a full-fledged IPL comprising 60 games and most likely in the UAE,” stated Patel.
Asked about the primary challenges in conducting the occasion in present situation, Patel stated: “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 a majority of the Indian gamers not getting access to grounds amid the pandemic, groups will want no less than 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,” stated one of many workforce homeowners.
Since India tour Australia for a four-match Test sequence proper after the IPL, coaching of the gamers concerned within the longer format can be an essential problem.
Test specialists like Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari, who are usually not a part of the IPL, are more likely to practice for the eagerly-awaited sequence in a bio-secure atmosphere 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 workforce’s assist workers, which is free through the IPL.
Work from dwelling has develop into the norm amid the pandemic, due to this fact, there’s a chance 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 predicted to be a document one with individuals longing for stay cricket, one thing Kings XI Punjab 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. PTI