IPL 2020 will get underway on Saturday with a match between arch-rivals Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). IPL 2020 will begin after a number of hiccups due to the pandemic situation which shifted the tournament from India to UAE. The beginning of IPL 2020 has brought a sigh of relief for the chairman Brijesh Patel.
Patel said that it is very satisfying that the IPL is happening after all the hurdles at place. He, however, mentioned that the management cannot afford to be complacent since it is finally starting but it is a satisfying feeling.
“It is very satisfying to see IPL happening after all the hurdles on the way. Finally, we are able to make it happen but this is only the beginning as it is a long tournament so we can not afford to be complacent but definitely, it is very satisfying,” Patel told ANI.
“I think cricket fans were bit disappointed when it was (IPL) postponed and nothing was certain about the fate for the tournament. But now they (fans) are looking forward to seeing some live cricket so I feel this year’s viewership will be highest ever and this year’s IPL should be bigger than last year as well,” he added.
A formidable Mumbai Indians will put their title on defense in IPL 2020. The Mumbai franchise led by Rohit Sharma has outplayed every other team in terms of IPL triumphs with four title to their name. Chennai Super Kings are just behind them as they have clinched the IPL title thrice under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.
IPL 2020 will be played entirely in UAE due to the pandemic situation forcing the cricket board to host the tournament away from India. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah will be the three venues used for the tournament. Dream 11 have been named as the sponsor for the upcoming season of the tournament after VIVO pulled out.