The world of IPL cricket has changed unbelievably since 2008, when Lalit Modi put together the concept of franchise cricket to subvert and demolish the rebel ICL.
Direct fan engagement is not a one-off phenomenon. Technology has made traditional mediums of engagement redundant, or at least less relevant in the emerging world order, and sports coverage is no exception.
A wholly unexpected chain of events has put India on the cusp of a sporting revolution. It has taken a long time coming. But the signs are there to be seen.
The calls for BCCI to boycott Chinese sponsors, including Vivo, can be described as a knee-jerk reaction that rather than helping the cause would only end up in shooting Indian sport in the foot.
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The truth is, BCCI and Indian cricket desperately need leadership to overcome the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the ICC postponing T20 World Cup, the IPL Governing Council looks keen to conduct the T20 league in UAE, subject to government's nod.
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The alternative of IPL not taking place this year could leave a trail of pain and hardship for Indian cricket. BCCI itself would be hit by a double whammy – substantial loss in revenue coupled with a pointless increase in expenditure.
With the onus being on shining the ball, smart-material cricket clothing is headed in another path-breaking direction.
Even as broadcasters would grapple hard to create an atmosphere for the viewer, it must be accepted that IPL, in particular, and sport, in general, will seem very different for some time to come.
Vanuatu, a volcanic archipelago of around 80 tiny islands in the south Pacific Ocean, is probably the only nation which has not been hit by COVID-19. Yet tourism, its main stay, has been severely crushed by world-wide travel restrictions.
All bowlers are capable of bowling down the leg side but very few batsmen can survive if constantly attacked from outside the leg stump.
Certainly, the start of the Indian domestic season is some months away. But considering that local leagues, coaching camps, age-group matches and the run-up to it have been disrupted across the country, BCCI should use the coming weeks and do some strategic planning.
More than ever before, world cricket needs a strong and united BCCI to take the lead. The situation is ripe to reverse the wrongs of the ICC gang-up against a CoA-weakened BCCI. The obvious way to ensure this would be to stage IPL as soon as the COVID-19 threat is overcome and then drawing up an action plan to leverage the brand and advantages of the Big Three.
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Maybe ICC could well use these lockdown days to find ways to make the game safer for tailenders. A Phil Hughes-fate awaits some tailenders unless ICC acts fast.
Even as BCCI tightens its belt, it needs to ensure that its cash cow, IPL, gets off the ground at the earliest. Perhaps the window that permitted state leagues like KPL, TNPL, etc to be staged during August- September is an opportunity.
The international sporting calendar might swing back to life sometime in the future. But some of sport, particularly cricket’s appallingly unhygienic practices must be done away with from the grassroots level to the top.
The staging of the IPL is a logistics nightmare at the best of times and now in times of a coronavirus pandemic, it could be a disaster waiting to happen
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