The Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri reckons that the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will bring in the “much-needed chaos” that everyone needs in these times when COVID-19 has literally brought the world to a grinding halt during the first half of 2020r. The BCCI has shifted the IPL to UAE where 60 games are scheduled to be taking place in 51 days starting from September 19 to November 10.
During a recent webinar ‘Arabian Sea Dialogue’, Shastri said, “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.”
Ravi Shastri said that UAE in 2014 had shown that it is well capable of handling a tournament as big as IPL.
The Indian coach said, “It is a great gesture by the 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 reckons that during the time when people are going through some low phases, IPL will bring out enjoyment and welcome distraction for 51 days in these times.
Ravi Shastri explained, “It’s been depressing, it’s been unforeseen, the world hasn’t seen anything like this since the Second World war, to just get some sports action, back on television, day in and day out will lift the spirits of a lot of people and it is much needed at this moment of time.”
IPL is arguably the biggest T20 league around the world and the fans always eagerly wait for the cash-rich league.
Talking about the same, the Indian head coach said, “So I think, it’s going to be one helluva party and I am so happy that it’s gone to the UAE, because they put up such a good show last time around. They know now what to expect when we come with the IPL and the eight teams and I think it’s (IPL) going to be a runaway success – COVID or no COVID.”