The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to be played in the UAE starting 19th September to 10th November. Each of the matches in the tournament will be played in three cities- Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.
This was made feasible after the ICC announced the decision to defer the T20I World Cup because of Covid-19 outbreak. The global event was first lined up to happen in Australia starting from October 2020.
The decision to give IPL, which had also been deferred indefinitely because of the Covid-19 pandemic worsening in India, a window has not gone down well with many former Pakistani cricketers, many of whom have been critical of the verdict. Former Indian player Madan Lal, during an interview, criticized Pakistani players for their comments against the cash-rich T20 league.
“The Pakistan cricketers, a lot of them, don’t think at all before they speak. How can they claim that India has got the World Cup postponed?” Madan Lal told in an interview.
“Firstly COVID-19 was around and T20 World Cup is a different type of tournament. Considering the absence of crowd and sponsorship issues, ICC and Cricket Australia have taken the decision to postpone it, which is a good decision,” he added.
“The IPL was always going to happen. We had already thought of organising the IPL in September-October depending on the available dates. So we have planned the IPL according to that which is a very good thing,” he further said.
“Yes, probably the Asia Cup could have happened. But Pakistani players’ statements often reek of jealousy.
“They should think how we can improve our relations so that cricket can keep continuing, but always there is some or the other player who comes and says something and the whole matter goes awry,” Lal further said.
Meantime, The Indian Premier League and VIVO terminated their title financing agreement for the forthcoming edition, “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and vivo Mobile India Pvt Ltd have decided to suspend their partnership for Indian Premier League in 2020,” a BCCI release said.
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