In a massive statement released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday, March 13, the launch date of the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) has been pushed to April 15. The much-anticipated T20 event was initially scheduled to commence on March 29 with a match between last year’s finalists Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium. The BCCI’s decision comes on the backdrop of the ongoing country-wide panic created by the highly-contagious Coronavirus.
🚨Announcement🚨: #VIVOIPL suspended till 15th April 2020 as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) situation.— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 13, 2020
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After BCCI’s announcement of IPL’s postponement, Rajasthan Royals took to Twitter and supported their decision with an admirable tweet. In the tweet, the franchise admired BCCI’s decision and stated that the health and safety of every player and fan is of ‘utmost importance’ to them. They also acknowledged the new IPL postponed date 2020 by expressing their excitement of getting into action in April.
During the recently concluded IPL 2020 trading window, Rajasthan Royals retained 11 of their cricketers including Australian talisman Steve Smith. Steve Smith was also later appointed as the captain of the Rajasthan-based T20 unit for the upcoming season. The franchise also purchased 11 players at the IPL 2020 auction which includes the likes of former Orange Cap and Purple Cap winners, i.e. Robin Uthappa and Andrew Tye respectively. Here, we take a look at the entire squad of Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming, albeit postponed IPL 2020 season.
Steve Smith (c), Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Mahipal Lomror, Varun Aaron, Manan Vohra, Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, Kartik Tyagi, David Miller, Oshane Thomas, Anirudha Joshi, Andrew Tye, Tom Curran.