IPL 2020: Franchises Want Clarification About Squad Strength

IPL 2020: Franchises Want Clarification About Squad Strength

Mumbai Indians, IPL 2019, Hardik Pandya
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The IPL Governing Council is getting ready for the crucial meeting on this Sunday (2nd August) to finalise many crucial things about the IPL 2020 in details. One of the crucial discussions of this upcoming meeting can be the squad strength in every IPL match.

COVID-19 pandemic already postponed the 13th edition of the IPL which was originally scheduled between 29th March and 24th May 2020 in India. While the daily busy life has been affected due to this pandemic, it has also forced to change the host nation of the IPL 13.

IPL 2020, squad strength
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Now, the eight IPL teams have started to prepare for the IPL 2020, which will be hosted by the UAE. In the upcoming IPL GC meeting, all the franchises will try to clarify all their doubts regarding the forthcoming IPL edition. The number of members in the squad of each franchise can be a crucial discussion point in this meeting.

IPL 2020, squad strength
Dubai International Stadium in UAE (Photo Credit: Web)

Earlier, the UAE hosted the first half of the IPL 2014 (India hosted the other half), when the general election was running in India. During that tournament, franchises took the smaller squad in the UAE. However, this time, the IPL franchises are likely to send the full available squad in the UAE.

IPL 2020: Even a few from the support staff could be asked to stay back in the hotel

But due to the coronavirus, every franchise will have to create their own bio-secure bubble after landing in the UAE, where the outsiders will be highly restricted. While all the franchises are likely to bring full playing squad in the field, some non-playing staff can be advised to stay in the hotel.

IPL 2020, squad strength
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A senior franchise official recently told TOI, “If at all there are directions on the squad strength, then the franchises would prefer to prune their non-playing staff. Some franchises will leave this decision to the coach and team management. Ideally, if there is a cap then it should be on the entourage as a whole. On match days, there could be a cap on the number of people a franchise brings to ground. Even a few from the support staff could be asked to stay back in the hotel.”

The franchisees want to take the big squad in the UAE to avoid any issues regarding the shortage of net bowlers.

The official added, “That’s why the franchises need more players. The teams will be in UAE for nearly two and a half months. Getting net bowlers for so many teams will be tough.”

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