After anticipating for such a long time, IPL 2020 will begin in precisely in a month in the UAE. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BCCI postponed the league and later shifted to UAE because of the continuous rise of coronavirus cases. Cricket is slowly but surely coming back on track for which everyone is passionate about.
Team India head coach Ravi Shastri is no different as he believes that IPL in UAE is the much needed ‘chaos’ during these trying times. Shastri recalled the 2014 edition of the league which also took place in UAE and stated that this year too IPL is going to be a runaway success.
IPL much needed chaos after COVID-19 – Shastri
“You know with this COVID thing happening, once this IPL starts in the UAE, you will see that chaos back again, which is much needed.”
“It is a great gesture by the Indian government to take cricket to the UAE and the UAE government in responding. I remember, in 2014, when the IPL came to the UAE, his Excellency did not leave one stone unturned and ensured that it was a top-class IPL and the public responded brilliantly”, Shastri said during webinar ‘Arabian Sea Dialogue’ organised by the Observer Research Foundation.
Ravi Shastri added that the last few months were extremely depressing as there was no live sport on television. IPL will certainly help in lifting the spirits of everyone which is much needed during these times.
“It’s been depressing, it been unforeseen, the world hasn’t seen anything like this since the Second World war, to just get some sports action, back on television, day in and day out will lift the spirits of a lot of people and it is much needed at this moment,” Shastri concluded.
Meanwhile, after months of assumptions and speculations, the BCCI finally contest the IPL this year outside India. The cricket board has released a strict detailed plan for all the franchise of IPL 2020 which will take place in a proper biosecure bubble for the first time. It all begins from September 19 next month and three venues will host all the games.