The 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) has officially shifted to the UAE from India and all the franchises have reached the destination. The bio-bubble will be there according to the plan as well and the fixture of the tournament is yet to be out.
Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians captain has congratulated his Chennai Super Kings counterpart MS Dhoni who has recently announced his retirement last week and said, “Looking forward to meeting at the toss on September 19”, which meant that the schedule is going to be out soon.
Meanwhile, the first week of the IPL could possibly not get the service of England and Australia players, because they will lock horns soon in the white-ball series in England. “So there is a possibility that matches in those first three or four days can be allotted to teams not majorly dependent on players flying over from the UK,” sources said.
“If that happens, can that team play on those six days? Possibly not. But the tournament will go on, so it’s necessary to work on the possibility of keeping a schedule flexible enough where matches can be brought forward and delayed, as and when necessary,” they shared.
“A thorough build-up to the IPL every year often results in the first week of the tournament being a hit and obviously getting lapped up by the viewers. The second week becomes important because the emphasis then is to ensure the same kind of enthusiasm remains, because from the third week onwards, teams are already starting to battle for the playoffs and the points table becomes a talking point. So, structuring the second week of the tournament while keeping flexibility in mind is necessary,” BCCI sources said.
“The first schedule was prepared early this year keeping the March-April-May window in mind, but now with the change in destination and the months, there’s an effort to try and schedule as many double-headers from the second week of October onwards so that the afternoon matches are played in better temperatures,” say those in the know.
The IPL is going to be one of the tournaments where all fans are going to see their favourite players taking the field after a long break owing to the global pandemic novel COVID-19.