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18 Aug 2020
With 60 games to be played in 51 days, the Indian Premier League (IPL) will indeed be hectic as usual and it would be the much-needed chaos the Indian population needs, opined India coach Ravi Shastri.
“You know with all the depression formed by Covid-19, once this IPL thing starts, it would bring back the chaos once again and I believe it is much needed,” Shastri said in a webinar called Arabian Sea Dialogue, organised by Observer Research Foundation.
This time around the IPL would be hosted in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a country that has had the prior experience of hosting the league. Shastri believes that UAE is the best place to have the IPL, as it is welcoming and knows how to deal with and promote the brand IPL.
“It is a great gesture by Indian government that it is taking the top tournament (IPL) to UAE and the hosts are equally praiseworthy for welcoming the league with open arms. The 2014 edition was hugely successful in the deserts as His Excellency did not leave any stone unturned to ensure its success,” said the 58-year-old.
Terming the pandemic as the worst thing since World Wars, the Mumbai born believes that IPL would give a glimmer of hope for people.
“Nothing like this has happened before, I think post the World Wars, it is the first time that sports was stopped. But now when it would be on TV, it would motivate and lift spirits of people day in and day out,” Shastri said.
With hope that IPL would indeed be a swashbuckling show, Ravi Shatri wished IPL success in his original style saying, “It’s going to be one helluva party and a runaway success.”