With the fear of COVID 19 looming large on the Globe all the sporting events across the world were brought to a grinding halt during the early part of the year. For the Billions of sport-loving fans, this was a moment of crisis. The fans were starving against the backdrop of no sporting action.
India has always been a sport loving country. In a recent survey conducted by the digital travel company travel, it was found that 41 percent of the respondents would rather prefer to lose their jobs than not be able to attend a historic sporting event.
The Indian Premier League an annual franchise-based cricket tournament in India established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in the year 2007 was initially scheduled to commence on 29 March 2020 but was suspended due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.
The much-anticipated IPL tournament which was initially scheduled to be held in the month of March will start on September 19th in the United Arab Emirates. The Indian Premier League is a much-awaited event in India. Players from all over the world come down to India and represent the franchisees who opt for their services. The IPL is the most-attended cricket league in the world and the sixth most attended amongst all sporting leagues.
There is huge money involved in the League. With telecasting rights, sponsors, gate money, and franchisees everything adding into the money, like a multiplying machine. The Involvement of Bollywood and top Industrialists adds to the excitement. For example, Mukesh Ambani the richest man in India is the owner of the Mumbai Indians, whereas Bollywood stars like Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty have their stakes in the two franchisees namely Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals.
The League also provides a perfect platform for the young local cricketers to showcase their talent to the world. The Eight Teams participating in this year’s IPL are Mumbai Indians the reigning champions, Chennai Super kings the reigning runners up, Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Nightriders, Delhi Daredevils, and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. With the dates for the Indian Premier League now being announced, fans not only in India but all across the world are waiting to see the commencement of this two-month-long carnival of Cricket.
With strict COVID 19 rules with the regular routine of the players being tested within fixed durations and observance of the Biosecure bubble, the IPL 2020 is all set to start on the 19th of September, 2020 and the finals will be played on the 10th of November.
Cricket Lovers all over the world wait with bated breath.