Amidst the coronavirus break this year, the IPL 2020 was held in Dubai, UAE. With the absence of fans, the very essence of cricket was missing. Even though, BCCI somehow managed to bag 4000 Cr this season, as per BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal. The IPL also witnessed an impressive surge this season of almost 25 percent. Such stats are staggering because of the fact that this tournament was played behind closed doors.
The fact that IPL managed to amass viewership of this magnitude reveals how it has revolutionized T20 Cricket. IPL 13 was set to commence in March. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the date had to be indefinitely postponed.
The BCCI board managed to cut costs by nearly 35 percent this season. This season also witnessed the highest viewership of an opening game in IPL history. As people tend to stay at home at such times, it is obvious that they will spend more time watching TV or using mobile devices.
The IPL could have been canceled: Dhumal
There was a time when the board thought of dropping the idea to go forward with IPL 2020. With the IPL set for a duration of 3 months, things were looking bleak ahead.
There were quite a few issues that needed to be addressed before showing the IPL the green light. One among them was how to deal with players who got infected. Another one was if the asymptomatic players should be allowed to participate after their recovery. Such questions needed solid answers.
The IPL finally got the green light with the approval of Jay Shah, who is the current secretary of the BBCI. The IPL thereafter took its course smoothly without any hindrance. However, there were some concerns earlier in the season. After CSK landed in Dubai, some members of the squad tested positive for the virus, including 2 cricketers.
It was later revealed that these members were asymptomatic and followed proper isolation procedures to full recovery. With the cooperation of the UAE, things never took a bump. It ended with the MI winning their 5th title on 10th November.