The crowdless IPL

After a delay that must have felt like infinity for the cricket mad Indians, the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) finally got under way in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last Saturday. The tournament usually takes place in April and May every year.  Like many sport tournaments the world over, the IPL had to be postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  But at least it was not cancelled for 2020. As it became more and more evident that it would not be possible to host the tournament in India, the organisers decided to move the cricket spectacle to the UAE.  They should be commended for it.  The IPL is an annual, global showcase for cricket.  It is generally regarded as one of the premier sports tournaments in the world, in the same league as Champions League football in Europe, cycling’s Tour de France and National Football League… Continue reading