The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to go ahead with the cricketers and fans waiting for it to commence. After plenty of speculation surrounding it, the BCCI managed to find a way to make it happen, albeit in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). If not, the Indian Board would have suffered enormous monetary losses. But for BCCI fortunately and fans’ entertainment, the 13th edition will go ahead.
While there is exhilaration encapsulating the marquee tournament, there is increasing uncertainty too due to the COVID-19 pandemic lingering. The deferred dates for the matches have created plenty of upheavals for all the cricketing boards regarding their schedules. With a few countries still under lockdown and owing to some international commitments, a handful of big draws could miss the initial part of it, scheduled to start from the 19th of September.
We take a look at ten marquee cricketers who are likely to miss the initial part of the tournament:
Ab de Villiers:
Ab de Villiers has been associated with Royal Challengers Bangalore for a long time and is one of their crucial middle-order cricketers. He retired from international cricket in May 2018; however, continues to feature in the T20 leagues around the globe. The IPL is one of the tournaments where the fans get to witness his exploits.
In 154 IPL games, the 36-year old has 4395 runs at 39.95 while maintaining a strike rate of 151.24. However, with South Africa currently under lockdown and international flights suspended, the BCCI will struggle flying him out of his nation soon. That would also impact Virat Kohli’s side, which is yet to lift their maiden IPL title.