While there were plenty of concerns about Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 being scheduled in UAE during the time of coronavirus, the tournament has proved to be a huge success with fans being treated to non-stop quality cricketing action in the 13th edition. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly explained how the tournament has been a smashing success this year.
“Unbelievable, and I am not surprised at all. When we were discussing with Star (official broadcasters of the Dream11 IPL 2020) and all the people concerned – if we have to do it this year and one-month prior to the tournament, we were contemplating, whether this can happen or not, what will be the ultimate result of the bio-bubble and will it be successful. We decided to move ahead with our plan, because we wanted to bring normalcy in everyone’s lives and wanted to bring the game back,” Ganguly told Star Sports.
Ganguly, one of the most respected figures in world cricket, went on to highlight some of the key moments from the tournament so far and hailed IPL as a tournament which had everything to offer to its fans.
“I am not surprised with the feedback. This is the best tournament in the world. There have been so many super overs, we recently witnessed a double super over, we saw Shikhar Dhawan’s batting, we saw Rohit Sharma, we saw all the young players and we witnessed the comeback of KL Rahul’s KXIP from the bottom of the table. You will get everything here! I can bet you that the IPL has been a smashing success this year, in terms of the ratings, the number of people who have watched the game,” Ganguly added.
Ganguly had reached UAE in advance to take stock of the preparations before the tournament kicked off on September 19.