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IPL 2020: COVID-19 Robs T20 Tournament of Its Customary Glitz And Glamour


MS Dhoni (© AFP)The much-delayed Indian Premier League starts Saturday without its customary glitz and glamour, but the Twenty20 tournament is expected to be a welcome relief to cricket fans during the coronavirus pandemic.


All the eight teams have been in strict, bio-secure ‘bubbles’ since landing in the UAE, with the competition set to kick off when defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi in September 19.


There will be no gala opening ceremony for the world’s richest T20 league, and the games will be played behind closed doors at three venues including Dubai and Sharjah.


“They (broadcasters) are actually expecting the highest rating of IPL this season because they believe if (people) don’t turn up in the ground, they will be actually watching on their television sets,” said Ganguly.


Rajasthan Royals batsman Robin Uthappa believes the tournament will buoy cricket-lovers after a year hit by sporting postponements and cancellations.


Despite the controversies, the IPL has attracted top foreign stars with Australia’s Pat Cummins the most expensive overseas player after he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for $2.17 million at auction.






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