Much like the ICC events, this year fans might witness Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises taking on each other in warm-up matches prior to the start of the tournament. It is being learnt that around 5-6 IPL teams have requested the Indian board for these warm up games before the main league starts on 19th September.
These franchises feel since most of their players (especially the Indian contingent) have not played any competitive cricket since the COVID-19 outbreak, the warm up games will help them to get into competitive groove.
Not only the franchises, even IPL’s official broadcaster Star Sports is also in favor of this idea. They believe that the sports deprived Indian fans will closely follow the televised matches and it can help the broadcaster to maximize their revenue.
Meanwhile, according to a report in InsideSport, the BCCI has assured the franchises that they will seriously look into the request once the IPL 2020 schedule is finalised.
Talking with Sportstar, a franchise executive has also confirmed this development.
“Be it the IPL operations, the franchise managements, the cricketers or the broadcasters, warm-up games will be a proper dress rehearsal, something that’s much-required considering the times we are living in,” he was quoted saying in the report.
A few media report suggests that if the BCCI agrees to this proposal, the warm-up games can be played between September 11 to 16.
Currently most of the teams (barring CSK) have completed their quarantine period in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and started their preparations for the tournament.
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