The Indian Premier League (IPL) is nothing sort of a festival in the country. With the lucrative tournament set to be played in UAE from September, Team India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that it will be a much needed chaos during this epidemic situation, as the tournament was much needed.
Indian government has still not resumed international flights with permission been granted to fly to a few selected countries. Shastri said that it is a great gesture taken by India government to take cricket to UAE and their government responding to it. He also said that when IPL was played in 2014 in the gulf, his Excellency left no stone unturned for the success of the event.
“You know with this COVID thing happening, once this IPL starts in the UAE, you will see that chaos back again, which is much needed,” Shastri said during webinar ‘Arabian Sea Dialogue’ organised by the Observer Research Foundation.
“It is a great gesture by Indian government to take cricket to the UAE and the UAE government in responding (to it). I remember, in 2014, when the IPL came there (to the UAE), his Excellency did not leave one stone unturned and ensured that it was a top-class IPL and the public responded brilliantly,” Shastri said.
Meanwhile, after VIVO pulled out as the sponsors for IPL, Dream 11 bagged the deal for Rs.220 crore for four months. IPL will get underway from September 19 with the final being played on November 10. However, the final fixture for the lucrative tournament is still to be announced, with Mumbai Indians set to put their title on defense.
Ravi Shastri, on the other hand, will next return to coaching duties in December when India tour Australia for the Border-Gavaskar series.