IPL commentary may be from home:, can be oraganised in UAE

By : Samarjeet Singh  |  Updated On : 30 Nov, -0001

IPL commentary may be from home:, can be oraganised in UAE

The International Cricket Council (ICC) postponed the proposed T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November this year, giving time for the IPL to be held from September to early November. IPL Governing Council (GC) President Brijesh Patel said, "The IPL GC will meet within a week or 10 days and take every kind of decision (final program)."

Brijesh Patel told PTI, 'The plan so far is to have a full IPL consisting of 60 matches. It is more likely that it will be held in the UAE. ”Asked about the main challenges in the running of the tournament in the current scenario, Patel said,“ The difficulty is only with its operations. Whether you organize it in the country or outside, it does not matter much (there will be any audience).

Even before the ICC announcement, IPL franchises started working on their plans, with most Indian players not having access to the field during the pandemic, with teams taking at least three to four weeks to prepare.

Foreign players will reach the UAE directly from their countries. One of the team owners told PTI, 'Our players will need at least three to four weeks of practice. We will finalize all our plans after the dates are announced from the BCCI. It looks like the IPL will be in the UAE and we are ready for it. '

After the IPL, the Indian team will go on a tour of Australia, in which the practice of Test players will be important. Test specialists like Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari, who are not part of the IPL. These players can practice during the IPL in a bio-safe environment at the renovated Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.

It is likely that the IPL commentary will be from home. This will be a safe and cost-reducing option, which will allow commentators like 71-year-old Sunil Gavaskar.

Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia said that viewers are craving for live cricket and in such a situation, this IPL will be seen by a record number of people on television. However, it remains to be seen how much the broadcaster is able to attract from sponsors in the current financial environment.

Issues to be resolved in IPL GC meeting -

1- More than two matches in a day

2- BCCI will need to provide a standard operating procedure to IPL teams, even if they have their own SOPs

3- This year the spectators will not be able to go to the stadium, which will harm the franchisees, will the BCCI compensate the franchisees.