This year’s IPL 2020 will be different from previous editions for plenty of reasons; it is in UAE, without crowds (at the moment), will be in bio-bubble, strict protocols, and plenty of high-profile players missing from the scene.
We take a look at the events that happened last week.
Lasith Malinga is not playing IPL 2020
Lasith Malinga, the T20 superstar who has taken more wickets in IPL that any other bowler has opted not to play this year’s IPL. He is currently in Sri Lanka with his father who is ill and may require surgery in the coming weeks. It will be hard for Mumbai Indians to fill the place of the fast bowler with someone of his caliber and experience.
Harbhajan Singh is not playing IPL 2020 either
After the sudden exit of Suresh Raina, who has left for India after arriving in UAE, Harbhajan Singh has also withdrawn from the tournament. He becomes the 2nd high-profile player for CSK to have opted not to play this year’s IPL, citing personal reasons as the reason. The off-spinner had not traveled with the team and was expected to join the team in Dubai. He tweeted:
“Dear Friends I will not be playing IPL this year due to personal reasons. These are difficult times and I would expect some privacy as I spend time with my family. @ChennaiIPL CSK management has been extremely supportive and I wish them a great IPL Stay safe and Jai Hind.”
It will now be difficult for MS Dhoni to fill two spots in the team from the remaining options.
CSK begins training (FINALLY!!!)
After a not-so-expected arrival in UAE, with plenty of their support staff and a couple of players tested out positive for Covid-19 and an extended week of quarantine period, CSK camp has finally started their training.
The training squad doesn’t involve the affected persons who are at a different hotel serving their 14-day isolation period and will be able to join the squad after returning to negative tests.
CSK are scheduled to play the tournament opener against the defending champions Mumbai Indians on September 19.
IPL 2020 schedule finally released
IPL 2020 schedule is finally released after more than two weeks of speculation. All the matches will be played at three venues; Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah. Mumbai Indians will open their campaign against Chennai Super Kings, the team they beat in the last year’s thrilling final, on September 19 in Abu Dhabi.
The group stage will run through from September 19 in Abu Dhabi to November 3 in Sharjah.
The playoffs schedule will be announced later.
Mustafizur Rehman is also not playing IPL 2020
Mustafizur Rehman, the Bangladeshi superstar, has been denied the NOC by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). One of the directors said; the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka in October and November is the main reason for the denial.
Delhi Capitals’ assistant physio returns positive Covid-19 test
The assistant physiotherapist of Delhi Capitals has come up with positive Covid-19. Upon arrival to UAE, the person did receive two negative tests but the third test came out to be positive. The good thing is that he was not in contact with any person or player.
He’s been sent to a different hotel and is supposed to spend a 14-day isolation period after which he can join the squad after returning two negative tests.
Ben Stokes to miss the initial half of IPL 2020
Ben Stokes is set to miss the initial half of IPL 2020 for family reasons. Stokes, is the most sought-after cricketer in the world right now, is in New Zealand with his family and his ailing father who was diagnosed with brain cancer. He left for New Zealand in the middle of the Test series against Pakistan in July.