Sports enthusiasts around the world undoubtedly have a liking for cricket as compared to other sports, maybe barring football. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional Twenty20 cricket tournament contested between eight teams. The teams represent eight different cities in India.
For IPL 2020 those eight teams are Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challenger Bangalore, Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The first two teams that played against each other were Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. Both the teams have a massive fan base, which increased the hype.
In India, IPL has become synonymous to a national festival through in which people unite purely based on the love for their team. Even fan fights are a display of affection for the sport.
The 13th edition of IPL is administered by BCCI, which was earlier scheduled to begin on 29 March 2020. However, Covid-19 forced the cricket authorities to change their plans after many hypotheses as well as postponements due to Covid-19.
For the third time, IPL is going to be hosted outside India where these 8 teams will be battling amongst each other for the trophy. Amidst the global pandemic, this great event is happening in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the approval from the government of India.
However, there are certain conditions to be followed throughout the game. As many players tested positive, which included ten members of the team Chennai Super Kings. Despite this, IPL is being organised with certain safety protocols wherein all the players would be tested regularly. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is spending enormously for health and safety. About Rs, 10 crores will be invested in medication alone.
Also, we cannot deny the fact that IPL is one of the biggest finance-oriented tournaments. A huge amount of money is involved in bidding for players, match tickets and many more. Even the big brands invest their money in advertising.
This time Fantasy cricket league platform Dream11 has been announced as the title sponsor for the event with a bid of Rs 222 crore. There are many other sponsors like Vivo, Unacademy, etc.
The auction is indeed interesting as the top players like M.S. Dhoni and Virat Kohli get most of the attention with big bucks falling into their pockets. Sometimes, just a few teams get a myriad of highly bid players, which makes the whole team expensive.
But it’s not necessary that the team with the highest bid gets the trophy. Data recorded from the matches of the last 12 seasons clearly proves the point.
Great international players with their outstanding skills join IPL every year, which makes it more interesting. As earlier ‘rivals’ of different national teams become ‘allies’ on the IPL grounds, sportsman spirit is held at a higher level. This also helps in capturing the attention of international media and global cricket fans.
Many broadcasting companies are also involved which will ensure the live streaming of the match. The highlights and saved clips will also be provided. International broadcasters like Fox cricket league, Star Sports network, etc. are also the part of it which makes the event prodigious.
Nevertheless, The 2020 VIVO IPL faced heavy criticism for retaining Chinese sponsors for the 2020 IPL even amidst calls for boycotting Chinese goods even during 2020.
IPL is not just a game for winning but also it shows team spirit. There is a sense of unity among the people and nations. In between the ongoing pandemic, IPL 2020 is going to be one of the remarkable tournaments in history with no assemblage on the stadium. Yet, the support they have is evident.
As cricket enthusiasts will continue to place their hopes on their favourite teams, the parameters hint that one team has a better chance of winnings. Betway has broken this down and showed Royal Challengers Bangalore might emerge victoriously. Regardless, the chances will continue to be unpredictable until the last moments of the tournament final.