IPL players earning millions, WC blind cricketers in extreme poverty: Sukhram Manjhi
As the year's most anticipated sporting events in India is all set to move abroad this year, former Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper Gautam Gambhir reckons that the UAE is a 'great venue' to play cricket in any format. Gambhir believes that the IPL in the UAE will 'change the mood' of the nation as well. The former skipper had led the KKR to victory in 2014 when the tournament was held in UAE as well.
Speaking at Star Sports' Cricket Connected, Gambhir added, "It’s not about which franchise wins or which player scores runs or which guy takes a wicket, its simply changing the mood of the nation. So, this IPL probably will be bigger than the rest of the IPLs because I think this is for the nation."
The 13th edition of the IPL which was indefinitely postponed had to be moved out of India owing to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country. The tournament will begin on September 19 and the final will be held on November 8. The franchises will travel to the Middle-Eastern country 25 days before the first match to enter the bio-secure bubble. It has been reported that the New Zealand cricket board has already decided to issue NOCs to its players to participate in the IPL.
Earlier, IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel had confirmed that the BCCI has sought permission from the Central government to hold the tournament in UAE. "We have sent a request letter to the concerned ministry with central govt seeking its permission to hold IPL in UAE between September end and November first week. We are hopeful things will get better and we will get a final clearance," IPL chairman Brijesh Patel had told Republic TV.
The seventh season of the IPL, in 2014, was held in UAE where the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) emerged as champions. A part of the tournament was held outside India due to the 2014 General elections being held at the same time. This will be the third time the IPL will be hosted outside the country.
The window for IPL was made possible after the ICC postponed the upcoming T20 World Cup. The decision was taken in the ICC meeting held on Monday. The ICC has zeroed down a window between October-November 2021 for the postponed World Cup with the final date being November 14.
Consequently, the T20 World Cup 2021 has also been pushed to October – November 2022 with the final on 13 November 2022 while the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will be held in India between October – November 2023 with the final on 26 November 2023.
Stay updated on the latest IPL 2020 news, IPL updates, IPL schedule, IPL 2020 points table, IPL 2020 matches and more. From live updates to breaking news, Republic World brings you all the live updates online so that you don't miss out on the IPL 2020 extravaganza.
IPL 2020 Live Updates: Lockie Ferguson draws first blood for Kolkata
3 hours ago
AM vs MAK Dream11 prediction, team, top picks, Afghan ODD final live
7 mins ago
Afghan ODD Final: AM vs MAK live stream, pitch and weather report, preview
25 mins ago
Mohammad Siraj's historic 2 maidens in 3 overs gives birth to funny memes on Twitter
40 mins ago
This wasn't a season we expected, but keep supporting Chennai: Dwayne Bravo
1 hour ago
Dale Steyn admits Virender Sehwag's 309 in Chennai gives him nightmares to this day
2 hours ago