“No opening ceremony, no cheerleaders”: An IPL like never before

Dubai: Never would have one thought that IPL would be so dull this year. Well, this is the reality which everyone has accepted without any complaint due to the covid pandemic. When the BCCI officially suspended the IPL 2020 in March, it seemed improbable that the tournament would be held anytime soon. Over the next few months, even discussing resumption of cricket – leave along IPL – was nearly blasphemous given the COVID-19 situation. The world, India in particular, suffered due to the pandemic and cricket was the last thing on people’s minds.

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The situation and the sufferings have not changed now, but the country is in a ‘move on’ and ‘live with it’ phase. And thus, talking about cricket isn’t blasphemous anymore. And thus, we have the 13th edition of the IPL upon us, this time from UAE. Forget blasphemy, many consider the IPL as the much needed positivity India needs at the moment. Right or wrong, it is what it is.

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That the cricketing world – not just the BCCI – went out of its way to organise a tournament of this scale in these times shows everything about the IPL’s position in world cricket. There’s no ICC T20 World Cup this year. The ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 has been pushed to 2022. The Indian board might even scrap the entire domestic season. But there’s no stopping the IPL.

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