After months of uncertainty amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic, Indian Premier League is finally making a return in September, and will be hosted in the United Arab Emirates. For the first time in the cash rich tournament’s history it saw a postponement from its original schedule, as well as the second IPL to be hosted abroad. However, former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir feels that the IPL 2020 will be the biggest one ever.
Speaking at the latest episode of Star Sports’ ‘Cricket Connected’ show, Gautam Gambhir said that the 13th edition of IPL will be the biggest one in the history of the tournament, as a fresh breath of air for India in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Doesn’t matter where it goes but obviously it goes to UAE, it’s a great venue to play any format and plus most importantly it is going to change the mood of the nation,” Gambhir said on the show.
The former Kolkata Knight Riders captain, who lead the franchise to two title victories in 2012 and 2014, further stated that this IPL will switch up the atmosphere of the country completely, no matter the results or stats.
Gauti continued, “It’s not about which franchise win, which player score runs, which guy takes wicket, it’s just changing the mood of the nation.”
“So, this IPL probably will be bigger than rest of the IPL because I think this if for the nation,” the 38 year old concluded.
Following many rumours and speculations after IPL 2020 was suspended from its original commencement date of March 29th, it was confirmed by the governing body that the tournament will return in the Middle Eastern country, as the virus threat in India is still too high to host such a large scale event.
“IPL 2020 which was postponed due to coronavirus will now be held in UAE,” IPL governing council chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed earlier. Sources within BCCI also reported yesterday that the tournament will take place from 19th September to 8th November, the window which was originally reserved for the now postponed 2020 T20 World Cup.