The IPL 2020 starts on Saturday, 19th September 2020. This tournament has been delayed quite a bit due to the ongoing pandemic. This will definitely be a welcome treat for all the cricket fans globally.
As known, this IPL 2020 tournament starts without the glitz that is so customary to this game, but, at the same time, watching a game of cricket is a big relief to all those lovers of this game.
This tournament generally, starts in the month of March along with other sporting events internationally. This was postponed as most of the countries went into the virus lockdown. As the cases rose in India, this tournament was moved to the UAE.
All the eight teams have been in a safe and secure bio-secure bubble from the time they landed in UAE. This competition will kick-start with the Mumbai Indians, who are the defending champions, taking on Chennai Super Kings on the 19th of September 2020.
Besides no gala ceremony to open the games, this richest T20 league of the world will be played behind closed doors at the three venues, including Sharjah and Dubai.
Saurav Ganguly, who is the President of the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) expects a surge in the viewership for the 13th edition. The matches have been scheduled for the evenings in India’s Prime Time TV slots.
The broadcasters are expecting the highest rating of this IPL season because it is believed that if the people are unable to turn up on the grounds, they will be naturally watching on the television sets.
They feel there is a positive in all that happens.
Ganguly said that there was a possibility of the crowds returning to the stands in the tournament of 53 days that ends on 10th of November 2020.
The former captain said that with this virus you do not want people to crowd in the stands but after some time there will be around 30 percent of the crowds with the social distancing norms followed. This can happen only after they have been tested properly.
Robin Uthappa, the batsman of Rajasthan Royals, believes that this tournament will be able to buoy all those who love cricket after a year of cancellations and postponements of sporting events.
Uthappa added that this tournament is going to be very special this year just due to the fact that the human race has gone through a lot. He added that in these times when everything is so unpredictable, all of us are looking for some normalcy and sports and the tournament can help in doing just that.
To ensure there are no unnecessary crowds there will be no cheerleaders. The players will be taken from the hotels with strict safety health protocols by the BCCI. Officials say that more than 20,000 coronavirus tests will be carried out.
Many top-notch players have pulled out of the tournament after citing personal reasons. There have been quite a few players who have tested ‘positive’ for the virus.