According to Scott Styris, a former all-rounder of New Zealand, believes that the absence of crowds might not affect the overseas players but might be a problem for the Indian Players.
The IPL (Indian Premiere League) is all set to kick-off in UAE. The BCCI chose to hold this 13th edition of the IPL in the UAE due to the ongoing pandemic and the ever-rising cases in India. This will be starting on 19th September 2020 with the CSK (Chennai Super Kings) facing Mumbai Indians, who are the defending champions.
Most sporting events held this year have been without any crowds and the same applies to the IPL matches. The matches will be played in empty stadiums sans any cheering.
Scott Styris, the former all-rounder of New Zealand, believes that this absence of huge crowds might not pose a problem to the players from overseas, but can be a big problem for the Indian Players.
He adds that overseas players are used to playing in front of small crowds or even on grounds that are empty. So, they will not need much adjustment. He adds that he does not remember Indian players playing on empty grounds. He feels that they might not struggle but mentally will be wondering where they are.
Ajit Agarkar, the former Indian pacer also expressed his views on the issue. He feels that the initial games might feel odd to the players but they (players) will definitely be happy for the fact that the tournament has taken place.
He added that they will be grateful as they are getting to play some cricket. He also said that many of the players were at the peak of their career and not getting to play the game for almost six months can work as a big loss, especially when you are doing well in the game.
He feels that the Indian players will be excited to be a part of the game. He agrees that this is going to be odd in the initial stages. He agrees with Scott that the energy you get from the crowds, especially in India can boost the team and works as the 12th man.
The Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) have been detailed by the BCCI for the IPL 2020 (Indian Premiere League 2020) to the said franchises that relate to accommodation, testing, social distancing carried out on the grounds, and also in the hotels, the team doctors appointed, and multiple other aspects. The franchises have been specifically instructed by the BCCI to ensure minimum contact.
The BCCI is concerned and also sensitive about the stakeholders and also the public health. They have taken the required steps to ensure that all the people related to the IPL have a cricketing experience that is absolutely safe.
The decision to hold the IPL matches was taken only after monitoring the situation of the pandemic closely. With multiple precautionary measures adopted, hopefully, the IPL 2020 will be entertaining and exciting.