The 13th season of the Indian Premier League i.e IPL 2020 will begin on March 29, 2020, Sunday in Mumbai and will end on May 24, 2020, Sunday again in Mumbai. But IPL fans will get to experience something new this year. BCCI has revealed that there will be an all-stars match just three days before the first match of the IPL 2020.
As per the Times of India website, Former India Captain and current BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly was quoted saying, after the IPL Governing council’s meeting on Monday, “We have not decided the names of the teams for the All-Stars game but there will be a team of overseas players from the IPL. It will be an annual affair. We haven’t finalized the venue but it’s definitely not going to be Ahmedabad. The new stadium there is not ready yet.”
This is clearly is a sweet surprise for the IPL fans as no one was expecting such a kind of clash. It is another opportunity for cricket fans to see their favorite players play with other star players who are not part of their IPL teams. This will definitely be a fun and friendly start to the tournament. Let us wait for any new announcement on the team names and the team compositions.
There will be two more new changes in this year’s IPL. One is the no-balls will be monitored by the third umpire. And the second change is that concussion substitutes will be allowed during the game. The substitute will be a like-for-like replacement and all decisions will be made under the supervision of the match referee.
Both these rules were introduced in the year 2019 in the international matches and now it is no surprise that IPL has decided to implement them.
Last year there were a lot of talks about the incident where the field umpire had failed to notice a no-ball in the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Mumbai Indians (MI) match that cost RCB the match and eventually the playoffs qualification.
It was also confirmed that there will be no change in the IPL 2020 match timings. The matches will begin at 4 pm or at 8 pm as was the case last year. Last year it was Rohit-Sharma-led Mumbai Indians who clinched their fourth IPL Title by beating the arch-rivals MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in the final.
This year again all teams will be equally hungry to win the title. One of the main attractions will be India’s great wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni, who is not seen in action for Team India since the semi-final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Fans will also be eager to see how RCB will perform this year and to see how KKR’s Pat Cummins, the most expensive player of the IPL season will perform. Also, eyes will be on KL Rahul who will lead the KXIP team this year.
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