With a sword of cancellation hanging on the lucrative T20 league due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rajasthan Royals (RR) franchise is hoping for a shortened IPL 2020 involving only Indian players.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the postponement of the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) until 15th April. The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to take a further decision on the lucrative T20 league which was supposed to start on 29th March. As the number of coronavirus cases keep rising in India, even a rescheduled start of the IPL now looks in danger. In addition, the Indian government has imposed travel restrictions on foreigners’ entry in India. Amid all such uncertainties, IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals’ CEO believes a shortened IPL involving only Indian players may be the way forward.
Highlights! Will IPL 2020 be a T20 version of the Ranji Trophy?
- RR hoping for a squeezed ‘all-India’ IPL 2020.
- Why RR wishes for an IPL involving only the Indian players?
- Does an ‘all-India’ IPL hold value?
RR hoping for an ‘all-India’ IPL 2020
Rajasthan Royals (RR) CEO Ranjit Barthakur has confirmed that his IPL franchise is open to a “squeezed” or “shortened” IPL. The RR CEO said that even a shortened IPL 2020 with just Indian players would be good enough in these “extraordinary times”. He also believed that it’s unlikely that a final call on the fate of the league will be taken before 15th April.
“We are open to a shortened tournament with only Indian players, at the end of the day it is the Indian Premier League.” – Ranjit Barthakur, CEO, Rajasthan Royals
With entire India under a 21-day lockdown, a sword of cancellation hangs on IPL 2020. And unless the BCCI officials can meet and discuss on an alternate window, the 13th edition of the T20 league looks all done and dusted.
Why RR wants an IPL involving only Indian players?
“Earlier we could not think of an Indians-only IPL but now there is enough quality to choose from. It is better to have an Indians-only IPL than not at all.” – Ranjit Barthakur
The RR officials insisting on a shortened ‘all-India’ IPL 2020 looks to be a one-dimensional thought approach.
It’s quite evident that RR has some of the most highly talented Indian domestic and U19 players as a part of their squad. With the likes of Sanju Samson, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Kartik Tyagi, and Shreyas Gopal, RR probably has the best pool of young Indian talents in the league. And by pitching the idea of an ‘all-India’ IPL, RR is leaving no stone unturned in showcasing these talents to the world.
Though the idea sounds optimistic, it’s only in the best interests of the RR franchise. Why haven’t any other franchises come up with such an idea?
Does an ‘all-India’ IPL hold value?
The idea of the RR franchise on having an IPL involving only Indian players sounds a bit ‘selfish’. It’s for sure not in the best interest of the league as a whole.
IPL has always been known as a league of the ‘bests’. It’s a stage where the best cricketers from India and abroad come together. It provides a platform for young talents to learn from some of the greatest players to have graced the game. An ‘all-India’ IPL will lack such diversity.
More so, having an ‘all-India’ IPL will make the ‘global’ T20 league equivalent to a domestic league. Indian cricket already has established domestic competitions where all Indian players play for their home teams. But it’s the IPL which provides these players a chance to exhibit their talent on a global scale. Not to demean any Indian domestic competitions, but as a fan, one would never want an IPL to be a T20 version of a Ranji Trophy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the future of the league look uncertain. The BCCI has been continuously monitoring the situation and looking for new prospects. RR’s idea on an ‘all-India’ IPL might have given the Board a new option. But is it feasible? Will it be implemented? – only time will tell.