World’s biggest T20 league i.e. Indian Premier League is all set for its 13th edition after an inevitable delay of almost 6 months. The tournament, this year, will be played behind closed doors in the wake of Corona Virus. The Board of Control for Cricket in India is also all geared up to stage the cricket carnival 2020 from 19th September to 10th November in the UAE.
BCCI and franchises bound to face some teething problems
But a month before the tournament the BCCI and franchises are in the middle of some teething problems as the Novel Corona Virus and Indo-China Border tensions have made things a little difficult for the organisers.
BCCI as well as franchises is bound to lose some amount of money as BCCI’s title sponsor for the season ‘VIVO’, who had a per season deal of around 440 crores, had made an early exit due to border tension and #Boycott China hysteria. And now BCCI has little choice but to find a new title sponsor right before the mega- tournament. Also, the introduction of a few new rules, courtesy the Covid-19 pandemic, has not helped the franchises either as they have to follow a number of protocols in upcoming months.
One is – the franchises can only bring a certain number of players in the squad. The teams like Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab have a strength of 25 players and their management will surely find it difficult to exclude one player. Although, the teams are allowed to replace a player if he gets infected during the season, the squad strength can’t exceed 24 at any point of time.
Also, the franchises have to maintain a bio-bubble for almost 60 days in order to ensure a hassle-free tournament. Franchises will also have to give special attention to the mental health of players as the players are also not allowed to bring their families with them.
The problem for franchises did not end here as some of the franchises like Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab will miss the services of a few key players going into the tournament. They will be affected by absence of players form Australia and England – who will be busy participating in the bilateral series ending on 16th September.
The challenges and road ahead for the players and franchises
The IPL 2020 will hold a great significance for the franchise as well as a few international players. While the players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Krunal Pandya, who have fallen down in the packing order in recent times, will try to push their case into the next year’s T20 World Cup team, the players like Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini will look to keep doing the good work.
A good season of IPL can bring all the old war heroes, especially MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik, in contention of the World Cup squad. On the other hand, Rishabh Pant would like to ensure that a rampaging Rahul does not end up taking his place on all three formats.
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While the teams like Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab will look to get hand on the coveted trophy for the first time the likes of Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders will be on the redemption mode. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians would like to dominate as they have so far.
But at the end of the day, it will be fans – who will welcome the Cricket Carnival with open hands after 6 months of agony, distress and boredom.