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A potential switch to overseas venues for IPL in 2020

Ben Stokes IPL 2019

Plans for Indian Premier League Cricket in 2020:

The Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket T20 tournament was meant to be played earlier this year across April and May, but COVID19 put an end to this event going ahead. With top overseas players joining the top Indian talent, it was going to be impossible to play at the scheduled time.

The IPL consists of eight teams from different cities in India they are the Mumbai Indians who are the record winners with 4 victories. Then there are Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals, and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The tournament isn’t like any other tournament as prior to the start of the tournament there is an auction to decide which domestic and foreign players will compete in each team. This process is competitive as each team looks to bring together the best bowlers and batters plus all-rounder’s which will enable them the chance to be victorious.

The tournament organizers are now constantly in touch with government officials to review the current situation with COVID19 in India to whether the tournament can take place this year. All options are on the table and the ICC World Cup tournament later this year does hold the key to when the IPL could be played as if this event is moved, then it gives space in the calendar to run the IPL across October and November.

Indian Premier League to consider an overseas option

One option being considered is to take the Indian Premier League overseas this year. It would not be the first time that the IPL has headed overseas as in 2009 the tournament was played in South Africa. The 2nd season of IPL headed to South Africa on the back of a successful first tournament, however with internal elections in India and relations with Sri Lanka now great, the decision was taken to move the tournament abroad.

The event was played out the same as it would have been if staged in India and the aftermath was concluded that the event was a success and grew the following of Cricket with more viewers than ever before. Broadcast deals reported record numbers and this has pathed the way for the game to grow since then.

So, the option to take this year’s tournament abroad is one the organizers are seriously considering given when looking back at the decision taken in 2009, it proved a success.

In 2014 Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah in the UAE hosted matches of the Indian Premier League to grow the coverage to a bigger scale and the result was also considered a good one by tournament organizers.

Every other tournament has been played in India and with a hugely passionate and dedicated fan base roaring on their teams, the big crowds make having the tournament in India worthwhile as it makes for a huge skeptical of top-class T20 cricket which features the best players in the world.

The decision for IPL 2020

The view from organizers of IPL is that it would not be the first time that the IPL has headed overseas if this is the decision reached over the coming weeks. Given the losses incurred by not holding the tournament at the scheduled time, the main issue is to recoup the losses and ensure the event happens.

Sponsors and partners of the event who have played millions of pounds to be part of the event this year will need to be reimbursed if a new date isn’t found is also a concern for the Organizers and teams.

So everyone is doing everything in their power to deliver a proposal to the teams to ensure they can agree to the new dates and venue as this festival of cricket is something that brings so much joy to a nation such as India given the passionate fans who love cricket. The hope is we will see the Indian Premier League played out in 2020.




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