IPL kicks off in UAE

Sports Desk

20 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 kicked off on Saturday after months of uncertainty because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 53-day tournament started without its customary glitz and glamour, but the Twenty20 tournament is expected to be a welcome relief to cricket fans during the pandemic.

There was no gala opening ceremony for the world’s most famous and most popular franchise league, and the games is played behind closed doors at three venues, including Dubai and Sharjah.

All the eight teams have been in strict, bio-secure ‘bubbles’ since landing in the UAE.

The short-form extravaganza normally starts in March, but other major international sporting events were postponed as countries went on virus lockdowns.

It was then moved to in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as coronavirus infections rose in India.

Mumbai Indians (MI) played their title defence with a clash against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

KL Rahul-led Kings XI Punjab will kick-start their campaign today when they square off with the Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals in the second match of the cash-rich league at the Dubai International Stadium.

Success will also depend on how the teams adapt not just to the conditions but also the mental aspect of living in a bio-bubble. Another aspect would be the absence of fans, at least, in the initial stages.