IPL 2020 taking place in the UAE has not delighted many but Glenn Maxwell is an exception. The Australia star has fired a warning to the bowlers by recalling his love affair with IPL in UAE.
The BCCI has been forced to stage the competition in UAE because of the alarming coronavirus situation in the country. The thirteenth edition of the tournament, which was originally scheduled to take place between March and May, will start on September 19.
The final is scheduled to take place on November 10. The BCCI has already received the green light from the government to take the tournament outside of the country. A lot of players have expressed their disappointment over the IPL not being held in India but Glenn Maxwell does not mind it much.
The Australia allrounder has fond memories of IPL in UAE. In 2014, he had starred for Kings XI Punjab when the initial stage of the tournament was held in UAE due to general elections in India. Kings XI Punjab went on to make it to their maiden final where they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders.
IPL 2014 was the season which finally established Glenn Maxwell in IPL. In 16 games that season, he had scored 552 runs with the help of 4 fifties and an astonishing strike-rate of over 187. Out of those 16 games, he played five in UAE. He started his IPL season in UAE with a stunning knock of 95 that helped his side beat Chennai Super Kings while chasing a huge 206.
In the following four games, he scored 89, 95, 15 and 6. And as he is gearing up for IPL 2020, he has sent a timely reminder to the bowlers by saying that conditions in UAE suit him.
“The conditions seem to suit me. The grounds are big so there are a lot of open spaces, there’s something about the ground that really suits my eye, there’s not a lot of bounce, when you find grounds like that, you start to get on a run. It’s where I had my debut series with Australia in 2012 and ever since I’ve had a love affair,” he said while speaking at ‘Cricbuzz in Conversation’.