The Indian Premier league (IPL) has quickly established itself into one of the biggest leagues in world sport, since it’s first edition back in 2008. It is Twenty20 cricket in a league format in India, with Twenty20 remaining the most popular version of cricket for spectators of the sport.
It usually takes place across eight different cities in India, with some of the top players from around the world now taking part. In 2014 alone, it was the most attended cricket league in the world. They are now hoping it can take the sport to the next level and rival that of other major sporting institutions, such as football.
It even ranked sixth overall for average attendances across all sports leagues around the world, which further shows just how popular the league has become. This has also grown further over recent years.
One key factor in the popularity has been the cricket markets becoming available, with each fixture creating a real buzz. The Mumbai Indians are the current favourites, with IPL betting odds at a general 4/1 for the upcoming season, with Hyderabad Sunrisers next in at 9/2 and then Chennai Super Kings at 5/1 and then 7/1 bar.
It is little surprise that the Mumbai Indians currently stand as the favourites, as they finished top of the table last season, winning nine of their 14 matches. They also went onto pick up the IPL title for the fourth time, beating the Chennai Super Kings by just one run in the final.
This continued the dominance for the side in the IPL, with Chennai losing for the third time in their four finals against the champions. This backs up why Mumbai head in as the favourites and continue to be a popular bet in the IPL betting markets that are available.
The IPL season usually takes place in the early period of the year, but this was moved to the latter stages due to the rising issues of the coronavirus pandemic. It was rescheduled to be played between the 19th of September and the 10th of November, following these changes being made by the Indian Premier league Governing Council (IPL GC).
They also decided that the season would be moved from India to the UAE, which is also something we have seen other sports doing, with the UFC being a key example of this. It meant that the matches would be played in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This would also result in a 53-day tournament, that included 10 afternoon matches, which is likely to prove popular amongst fans.
It would also mean that a bio-secure environment would have to be ensured for all players and people involved, in order for a safe and successful event to go ahead. However, could this now be suspended? Speculations have been growing online across different social platforms that the IPL season is set to be suspended.
This was following a tweet from a twitter account named Fahzi Cricketer. He posted “JUST IN: BCCI officially suspends IPL 2020 indefinitely in light of the #Coronavirus pandemic”. This led to many questions coming to light amongst fans about whether this was an official announcement. It was then retweeted by professional cricketer Sheldon Jackson, which gave the announcement backing.
However, this was soon deleted, which means it appears the event is still going ahead, until we hear news from an official source. To date, it appears that the IPL season is going ahead, which will come as welcome news to fans in both India and around the world, with the event also set to be a popular one in the betting markets.