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IPL to be played in UAE from 19th Sep to 10th Nov 2020

IPL fans finally have some great news from BCCI.

The Indian Premier League Governing Council met recently via video-conference to decide on the schedule for IPL 2020 edition. Keeping in mind the prevailing COVID-19 situation in India, the IPL GC decided to stage the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the matches will be played in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi subject to necessary clearances from the Government of India.

IPL 2020 will be played from 19th September and the final will be played on 10th November 2020. The 53-day tournament will witness 10-afternoon matches starting at 15:30 IST while the evening matches will start at 19:30 IST.

The IPL Governing Council also discussed the comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which will be finalised and published in due course, including the agencies to execute and deliver a bio-secure environment for safe and successful conduct of IPL 2020 Season.

The Governing Council also reviewed the Player Regulations for replacement player for 2020 season.

Women’s T20 Challenge will also take place in the UAE and will comprise three teams with four matches to be played during the IPL Playoff week.

A meeting with the IPL Franchises will be called shortly.

This article first appeared on IPLT20.com

Indian cricket fans dedicate song to Women’s T20 team ahead of World Cup in Australia

Fans India dedicates song to Women’s T20 cricket team

The Indian cricket team supporter group ‘Fans India’ has released a special song dedicated to India’s women’s team for the Women’s T20 World Cup taking place in Australia. Many songs have been written for the Indian men’s team over time but this is the first time that a song is being dedicated to the women cricketers. The song ‘Mera India’ (meaning My India) was directed, filmed and composed in Adelaide by Team India fans.

Fans India Cricket T20 World Cup Fans Anthem

Quizzed about the new anthem, Rajul Sharma, a member of the Fans India group told SBS Gujarati he wanted to celebrate the players and game. “We always love to celebrate the game of cricket and this time we brought Bollywood and sports together by releasing the song. “Our last World Cup song was played by the ICC at all India matches at the 2019 men’s Cricket World Cup and this time we have released the song to support and promote women’s cricket,” said Rajul, who is also the singer and lyricist of Mera India.

We always love to celebrate the game of cricket and this time we brought Bollywood and sports together by releasing the song. Our last World Cup song was played by the ICC at all India matches at the 2019 men’s Cricket World Cup and this time we have released the song to support and promote women’s cricket.

Rajul Sharma (Fans India)
Fans India

The special anthem was produced in Adelaide by Fans India members who filmed and completed it in two-and-a-half days. “We have shot this song at the gymnasium, cricket ground and at the beach showcasing various types of traditional dances of India,” said Rajul. “Generally, women’s tournaments are not getting enough support or promotion and fans are not engaging themselves to it, but the message of this song tells fans we should support women’s sports and encourage them to do well at the global stage,” said Vatsal Desai, another member of the Fans India.

We have shot this song at the gymnasium, cricket ground and at the beach showcasing various types of traditional dances of India

Rajul Sharma (Fans India)

Generally, women’s tournaments are not getting enough support or promotion and fans are not engaging themselves to it, but the message of this song tells fans we should support women’s sports and encourage them to do well at the global stage

Vatsal Desai (Fans India Member)

Support for Women’s T20 World Cup

The Fans India will hand the song to ICC World Cup administrators to play at the ground during match days, cheering on Team India and entertaining the fans. “Members of the group will attend all women’s World Cup games and encourage Indian fans to come out in big numbers to support the team,” said Rajul. “We will also play dhol, music, songs and provide free entertainment to the spectators during the game.”

Members of the group will attend all women’s World Cup games and encourage Indian fans to come out in big numbers to support the team. We will also play dhol, music, songs and provide free entertainment to the spectators during the game.

Rajul Sharma

This article first appeared on SBS