Unfortunately like the entire world, the cricketing fraternity has also come to a standstill due to the recent outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus. Such has been its impact that various international and domestic cricketing events have been canceled or postponed. Even the IPL has become the victim of the pandemic as it has been delayed by two weeks.
Still, there is hope amongst the fans that the IPL 2020 will take place with minimal schedule changes. For that to happen the league will have to go away from their tried and tested formula. In doing so they might also lose their fanbase but it will be better than completely calling off the league which is loved by millions of people.
Here is the list of 5 norms IPL 2020 might not follow due to the Coronavirus outbreak: –
1) Home and away concept
The expression ” There is nothing better than home ” can be easily correlated with cricket. The reason being no matter how many games a cricketing team loses or wins they will always be loved when they play in front of their crowd. That’s why even a tournament like IPL has often followed home and away concept in their fixtures.
Such a model has not only helped the league grow but it has also allowed the game to sow its seeds in remote areas. Besides it also makes the cricketers aware of the various cultures in different parts of the country. The home and away fixtures have been one of the highlights of this league as it takes the cricketer and fan connection to a whole new level.
Sadly this time the concept might not be implemented due to the coronavirus terror. It has already made its appearance in 16 states of the country. On top of that states like Delhi, Maharashtra and Karnataka have already shut doors to the league which is not a positive sign as those regions are the major hubs of IPL. So it seems that most of the teams are unlikely to get the home advantage in IPL 2020.
2) Opening and closing shows
One of the reasons for the unparalleled success of the IPL is the glamour quotient associated with it. Especially the league has been receiving great support from the Bollywood stars. Some of them have also been involved with the franchises. So in a way, the IPL has developed a strong bond between cricket and the entertainment industry.
Furthermore, it has increased the fanbase as the audience get to see multiple stars at the same place. In particular, the opening and closing shows have been an attractive feature of the league. It contains several celebrities from different backgrounds. Music, dance and the wonderful interaction between the stars have always charmed the audience.
Having said that it is highly unlikely that the league will organize such shows in IPL 2020 in the wake of threat from the coronavirus. The league will not want to set a wrong example when the Indian government has strictly advised to limit the celebratory events. Besides the stars will also be hesitant to perform in these crunch times.
Without a doubt, one can say that the biggest strength of the IPL lies in its fanbase. They have always backed the tournament irrespective of the controversies surrounding the league. In return, they have only wished for pure cricketing action. Hence it will not be wrong to say that the fans have played a huge role in making this league a grand success.
That’s why the league has often come up with new ideas to maintain the same level of support from their well-wishers. One of them being the concept of fan-parks which was first introduced in the 2015 IPL. Its primary objective is to attract more cricketing audience across the country. Besides, it will also help the game reach a wider section of society.
In all the fan-park has been a great initiative by the league but it will have to be shelved for the upcoming edition. To reduce the community spread of the Coronavirus, the central government has already advised to avoid mass gatherings. Such programs will put the lives of fans in danger and so it is the responsibility of the league authorities to keep the interests of their supporters ahead of theirs.
4) Presentation ceremonies
Since the dawn of this century, the presentation ceremonies have been an integral aspect of the gentlemen’s game. It’s a part of the game where the fans get to know the thoughts of their favorite cricketers. Thereafter the players are also rewarded for their match-winning efforts. In simple terms, a presentation ceremony is a sign of a quality cricketing tournament.
Even the IPL follows the norm as they have a plethora of awards at the end of every game. From the “Man of the Match” to the “Best Catch of the Match”, every individual who makes some valuable contributions to a particular game is rewarded accordingly. Moreover, the fans also get to share some moments with their favorite cricketers as a part of contests organized by the league. Hence the presentation ceremonies are an important facet of the IPL.
However, they might not be conducted in the 2020 IPL due to the fear of coronavirus. Being a contagious disease it can spread very easily. Even activities like shaking hands and sharing the mic can cause serious problems. So it will be wise to avoid such ceremonies keeping in mind the safety of players.
5) IPL after-parties
IPL is one of the most competitive leagues in the world. Here the best of the players can go wrong. The reason being the immense expectation levels of the fans and the constant pressure of performing well in front of big crowds. Besides the tight scheduling and the extensive amount of traveling involved in the tournament can also have a negative impact on the performances of players.
So these players must be provided a way of keeping themselves fresh throughout their stay. That’s why the league introduced the idea of IPL after-parties. Here the players can relax without thinking too much of their on-field performances. More importantly, it also allows the teams to solve their differences of opinion if any heated argument takes place during the game.
In short, the after-party is a required dose of entertainment for a cricketer after a hectic day in the office. Unfortunately, such parties might not be arranged in the upcoming season of IPL owing to the ongoing pandemic across the world. The cricketers tend to meet several people in such parties and it might put their lives at risk. Moreover, the BCCI might not earn the required income from this season so it is better to scrap the idea for the time being.
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