The IPL 2020 is set to begin from September 19 and there have plenty of talks around the corner. With the positive Covid-19 cases in the Chennai camp, there were some initial worries but now things are looking under control. We are all set for a fantastic yet different season, for many reasons, of IPL.
We look at some of the latest happenings in IPL.
Adam Zampa replaces Kane Richardson
Australian fast bowler Kane Richardson has withdrawn from the IPL. He is expecting the birth of his first child. Meanwhile, RCB has roped in Adam Zampa who had previously played for now-defunct franchise Rising Pune Supergiants under Dhoni’s captaincy. The addition of Zampa will strengthen RCB’s spin attack that includes Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, and Shahbaz Ahmed.
Both the players are currently in England with the Australian squad for limited over series.
Josh Hazlewood concern
Concerning the news of coronavirus cases in the CSK squad, Josh Hazlewood, who was bought for INR 2 crore, has shown signs of concern. He said: “We have a group WhatsApp with all the information that comes through, it’s obviously a little bit of a concern. Ideally, you’d have no cases, they are in quarantine now and I think that finishes up in next few days. All my focus is on this tour at the moment and when the IPL comes closer, we’ll think about that.”
Hazlewood is currently in England gearing up for limited over series against England.
What after Raina’s exit?
Suresh Raina has already left the scene and returned to India on Saturday. For personal reasons, the left-hander will miss the return of cricket and a huge amount. Paddy Upton, the mental conditioning coach believes that there will be many athletes who think the same way as that of Raina and he also urges others to respect Raina’s decision.
AB de Villiers to keep wickets this season?
Funny things have happened since the players have shifted to UAE. One of those events is AB de Villiers has kept wickets in the training session. De Villiers last kept wickets in 2013 and it will be very surprising how things go on for RCB who have Parthiv Patel and Josh Phillipe as their designated wicket-keepers. But, with de Villiers keeping, it gives the team to select an extra selection according to the situation.
Training sessions everywhere
All teams except from CSK are doing training sessions and preparing for the tournament. Teams keep on posting posts on their social media accounts.
CSK set to begin training
Finally, non-affected CSK players are allowed to start their training from September 4 if the players return a second negative test.
What’s the schedule for IPL 2020?
Except from positive cases, everything is going according to the plan; with the arrival, quarantine time, training sessions. We are all set for September 19 for the first match of the competition, but wait, where is the schedule?
IPL schedule has not been announced yet but we expect to get it soon.