Sourav Ganguly Hints At Allowing 30% Audience In IPL 2020

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is just a fortnight away and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has hinted that limited audience may be allowed inside the stadium. This comes as a breather for IPL 2020, after 13 members of the CSK squad including two players tested positive for COVID-19. It was earlier decided by the BCCI and ECB that the matches will be played with no audience in attendance but now, there seems to be a possibility for the inclusion of limited fans. The fans have been eagerly waiting for the most loved cricket league in the

Sourav Ganguly Hints At Allowing 30% Audience In IPL 2020

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is just a fortnight away and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has hinted that limited audience may be allowed inside the stadium. This comes as a breather for IPL 2020, after 13 members of the CSK squad including two players tested positive for COVID-19. It was earlier decided by the and ECB that the matches will be played with no audience in attendance but now, there seems to be a possibility for the inclusion of limited fans.

The fans have been eagerly waiting for the most loved cricket league in the world to begin, with cricket being halted for so long due to the pandemic. The schedule of the event has still not been released by the authorities.

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Sourav Ganguly on IPL 2020 audience:

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly recently stated that it could be possible for them to allow 30 per cent people in the stands, maintaining social distancing in the stands. They will be properly tested and only then allowed to enter the ground.

“Because of the COVID and infection, you don’t want people to be too close to each other, but very soon you will see there will be 30 per cent people in the ground with social distancing,” Sourav Ganguly said.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“They are properly tested and allowed to enter the ground. But I think that is going to happen over a period of time. We could have easily avoided the IPL…but then, that’s what we humans are and that’s why we have survived all the difficult times,” he added.

Highest number of TV viewers expected for IPL 2020: Sourav Ganguly

The former Indian skipper believes with the IPL not allowing audience in stadiums, most are going to watch it on TV. Hence, the broadcasters are expecting highest rating of IPL ever this season.

“Crowds will watch it on television…they (the broadcasters) are actually expecting the highest rating of IPL this season because they believe if (people) don’t turn up in the ground, they will be actually watching on their television sets. There is a positive in everything,” he said.

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Sourav Ganguly. Credits: BCCI

The IPL 2020 will be played between September 19 and November 10. The matches will be played in , Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

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IPL 2020: Feel The Need To Win The Cup For Fans – RCB Pacer Umesh Yadav

RCB have never won the IPL despite big names playing for the side, and speedster Umesh Yadav feels they need to win the cup for the fans. However, RCB have reached the final thrice, under three different captains but the IPL title has never got in their hands. The duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers with all their incredible performances throughout the years have been unable to win the coveted trophy. Virat Kohli has been a part of the RCB team throughout his IPL journey of 13 years and is the top scorer of the league’s history with

IPL 2020: Feel The Need To Win The Cup For Fans – RCB Pacer Umesh Yadav

RCB have never won the IPL despite big names playing for the side, and speedster Umesh Yadav feels they need to win the cup for the fans. However, RCB have reached the final thrice, under three different captains but the IPL title has never got in their hands. The duo of and AB de Villiers with all their incredible performances throughout the years have been unable to win the coveted trophy.

Virat Kohli has been a part of the RCB team throughout his IPL journey of 13 years and is the top scorer of the league’s history with 5412 runs to his name. AB De Villiers is the second top scorer in RCB’s history with 3724 runs at an average above 41. The Royal Challengers Bangalore squad have started their training after completing the mandatory quarantine.

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AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. Image Credit: BCCI/IPL.

We feel the need to win the IPL cup for the fans

Indian Pacer Umesh Yadav said he feels there is a need to win the IPL for their fans through the rough years RCB have gone through. The fans have always supported them for 12 years now without having had the joy to watch their team to lift the cup.

“It doesn’t add to the pressure but you sort of have a mindset that our supporters have been backing us for such a long time in every situation but we haven’t won the cup till now.

Umesh Yadav, three wickets
Umesh Yadav. BCCI

“Even then fans keep coming and support us. Definitely we feel the need to win the cup for them,” Umesh told India Today in an interview.

If the team plays as a unit the results will follow says Umesh Yadav

The 32-year-old RCB pacer feels they need to work in unity and give their best individually and the results will follow. Yadav says they have a well balanced side and with each defending their role they won’t face too much pressure.

“We have world class spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali and Washington Sundar who have been doing so well for RCB. Our spin-bowling attack is really good, I don’t think we lack anywhere in the spin-bowling department.”

RCB Team, Aakash Chopra
RCB Team. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“We have Chris Morris and Dale Steyn in the side so I feel we have the experience in our fast-bowling unit. Navdeep Saini has also played a few international matches so I don’t think anybody will be under too much pressure.

“Everybody has their own role defined, if we perform according to that we won’t be under pressure. Just focus on your game, what can you do better. We need to support and back each other, if the team plays as a unit the results will follow,” Umesh said.

RCB go into the 13th edition of IPL with a new coaching staff lead by former New Zealand cricketer Mike Hesson. They will be hoping this change could be the key for their first IPL victory. The will begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the eight teams play in UAE. The venue this time is UAE and matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

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