IPL stands for the Indian Premier League and is supposed to be held in India, right. Hey, IPL 2020 will not take place in India? No, this time not.
IPL 2020 will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 19th September to 10 November and it is not the first time that IPL will be held in the Arab country. In 2014, the first leg, which included the first 5 matches for each team, was played in UAE venues of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. The same venues will be used in this year’s IPL.
So, how this year’s IPL will be different from others. Let’s have a look.
IPL 2020: UAE and not India
The most prominent factor will be this year’s IPL will not be held in India but will be held in UAE. We’ll miss the Indian culture, food, crowd, crazy & passionate fans. Covid-19 has impacted the whole world and India very much. To keep players safe and sound, the IPL will be held in the UAE.
UAE pitches are usually slow in nature. Fast bowlers don’t get much help unless the pitches are made that way. India last played on UAE pitches in 2018 when the team lifted the Asia Cup.
IPL 2020: Weather
UAE has extreme weather conditions in summer. The temperature can go as high as 40 degrees but that will not be an issue to the IPL players. Why, because IPL is played between March and May and weather conditions are hot, dry, humid in India. There will not be much difference in terms of weather.
No home crowd advantage
Mahi, Mahi, Mahi. You’ll be familiar with these words. Yes, these are the chants that we are accustomed to hearing when Dhoni comes out to bat at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Or we used to hear the names of Kohli and AB at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Sometimes teams win a match only because of their home crowd support which is a major factor for any team in any league across the world. But this time, there will be no home support around as the teams will be playing in UAE in front of empty seats and the empty crowd. There will be no roaring, no chants of Kohli or Mahi.
Fair chances for each team
As the matches will be played across three venues; Dubai, Abu Dhabi, & Sharjah, there will be equal opportunity for each team to win the matches. Normally teams play 7 league matches at home and have to play the remaining 7 matches on different away grounds, but this time there are only three venues. A great opportunity for teams to learn how the pitches behave and then play accordingly in the latter part of the tournament and turn into their advantage.
Will spin play its part?
Do UAE pitches help spin? Yes, they do. Fast bowling is not as effective as spin bowling is. Teams will rely heavily on the spin department as they will be a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the match.