As the ICC has officially announced the postponement of the T20 World Cup this year, it has opened a window for the BCCI to organise the 13th edition of Indian Premier League around September-October. According to IPL chairman Brijesh Patel, UAE will host the tournament. Rest of the details will come out after IPL’s governing council meeting next week.
However, the decision was made after seeing the current situation of COVID-19 in the country which has already claimed several lives and affected many as well. Since IPL will take place in the UAE, it might affect teams’ performance in hot and humid conditions. Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra in his new video shared his views on this matter.
“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,” Chopra said in a video on his Youtube channel ‘Aakash Vani’.
“The problem I am seeing is that if the IPL starts on 26 September and ends on 7 November, it is about 6 weeks including the final week of playoffs, there might be lot of double-headers with the league phase to be completed in 5 weeks,” he added. “In double-headers, however pleasant it might be, it is after all the heat of the middle east. So, batsmen might get dehydrated.”
While speaking about the teams, Chopra shared: “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.”
“You have got teams who have a lot of good spinners, so Chennai Super Kings will once again be the super kings.” Even Kings XI Punjab, the place suits them a lot as well since Maxwell plays very well there,” Aakash Chopra concluded. “Overall if we see, batsmen will not face much problems although they have to be careful about the heat because there will be lot of double-headers.”