With the International Cricket Council postponing the World T20 2020 to next year, the BCCI has speed up the process of getting clearance for hosting the IPL 2020 in UAE. The Apex Cricket Body in India has already written a letter to GOI (Government of India) seeking permission for hosting the Mega-T20 League in UAE. BCCI has also zeroed in the tentative dates to host the tournament and the tournament is likely to be played from September 26 to November 7 in the UAE.
With the venue and date confirmation, the Cricket Analysts and Brains have already started making bold predictions. First in the list is India’s former opener and esteemed cricket commentator, Aakash Chopra, who has predicted that the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) might benefit from the dry conditions and big stadiums in the UAE. He also named Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) as two other beneficiaries in those particular conditions.
Chopra also backed his claim by stating that as RCB possess a strong batting arsenal, their Achilles’ hill – bowling will definitely be helped by the big size of grounds in UAE. Chopra also stated that the big grounds of UAE will also help Chennai Super Kings’ spinners and the likes of Glenn Maxwell, who is known for big hitting, will also play a significant role for his franchise KXIP.
“Batting conditions would not have much of an impact. In fact, certain teams may start feeling better. RCB for example, because when the grounds are big your bowling is not exposed that much even if it is weak. RCB I think might actually do well,” said Chopra – speaking on his YouTube channel.
However, apart from the big ground, the players will have a stiff challenge of keeping themselves hydrated in the peaking middle east Sun. This time the tournament will also be a tightly packed one as 56 matches apart from playoffs will be played in just about 6 weeks’ time.
Aakash Chopra also warned the players against the same as he said, “There will be no problem although they might have to fight a little bit with the heat. For now, the weather is good. Let’s be fair, UAE experiences a lot of heat. But September and October are still the pleasant months. In double-headers, however pleasant it might be, it is after all the heat of the middle east. So, batsmen might get dehydrated.”