How IPL 2020 is Different From Previous IPL Seasons? 5 Things To Know
A sigh of relief was heard across the globe from all sports fanatics after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced officially hosting the IPL. Indian grounds and the presence of energetic spectators will definitely be missed but with the hope, IPL is definitely in the cards. The 53-day long tournament is scheduled to take place from September 19 until November 10 in UAE. The IPL franchises are all geared up for this upcoming cash-rich league. The league, earlier slated to play from 29 March had to be pushed back seeing Coronavirus take the world with a blow.
Not to regret much about what has happened, rather be positive for successful conduction of this event. Here are 5 things to know in regard to how IPL 2020 will be different from the previous seasons. Let’s go through them here –
- Absence of Spectators
The tournament reckoned as ‘cash-rich’ by many will have no cheer from the die-hard fans who often waited hours in queues. This year, spectators will not be permitted because of the virus outbreak.
- Live life in a Bio-Secure Bubble
Due to global outbreak of Coronavirus and millions losing their lives, international cricket has resumed under strict guidelines and protocols. Similar to the resumption of international cricket, players, officials, and support staff, all will be liable to bio-secure bubble protocols.
- COVID-19 Testing
Coronavirus is not going to leave us any time soon and owing to this, all franchise players along with other authorized members and support staff will undergo five sets of COVID-19 tests. Marquee players from India have already started this process.
- Who will be part of this event?
From the franchises, BCCI has allowed teams to land with only 24-member squad. Some teams like KXIP and Rajasthan Royals are likely to drop one player each from the squad for the forthcoming event. Also, a dedicated medical team will be accompanied by the franchises, even though BCCI’s medical team will be available 24*7 at the venue.
A big question that has been raised was in regard to the accommodation of the members travelling from foreign countries. Some countries are under lockdown and aren’t allowing players to leave whereas others are a part of another league and cannot leave in between. Talking about the accommodation, franchises are opting for private apartments and resorts to stay safe during this COVID-19 prone era.
The list can go on, but if these guidelines and procedures are strictly followed the event is sure to be a success abroad too. Well, it’s not the first time IPL is being hosted in another country. South Africa has hosted it earlier and a part of it was hosted in UAE earlier due to parliamentary elections in the country.
Let’s not wait much! It’s happening just a bit more than a month to go!