According to Assam's finance minister, Rajasthan Royals are all set to host two home games in Guwahati. The decision was taken during a meeting between IMG Reliance, the IPL governing council and the Assam Cricket Association (ACA). IPL 2020 is scheduled to kick off on March 29. Rajasthan Royals would look to add some silverware to their trophy cabinet. They last won the inaugural edition in 2008.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians and arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings will lock horns in the opening game of the IPL 2020 at the iconic Wankhede Stadium. However, the fixture has not been finalized. It might be delayed further after the International Cricket Council (ICC) denied BCCI’s request to shift their board meeting.
It is a moment of joy for us as @rajasthanroyals will play 2 matches in #IPL's next season in #Guwahati.— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) February 14, 2020
I appreciate Sri @JayShah for this great initiative for the people of #NorthEastIndia.
May the spirit of sports keep us united forever. @IPL@BCCI
Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Assam Finance Minister, expressed his delight at Guwahati hosting a couple of IPL 2020 games. The move sees youngster Riyan Parag possibly play for the Rajasthan Royals on his home turf. Parag made a name for himself with his fearless approach with the bat (and ball) in hand. He is expected to be a regular feature in the Rajasthan Royals’ line-up in IPL 2020. Parag was also a part of the victorious Team India team which won the ICC U19 World Cup in 2018 under Prithvi Shaw’s leadership.
Rajasthan Royals will be led by Steve Smith in this year's IPL.