Quality of cricket in IPL 2020 will not suffer due to empty stands: VVS Laxman

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By: PTI | Dubai |

Published: August 24, 2020 5:00:15 pm





VVS Laxman is a bit cautious of the character of pitches that will be on provide in the UAE. (Source: File)

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s batting mentor VVS Laxman is assured the standard of cricket will not suffer even when the matches of the upcoming IPL are performed in entrance of empty stands owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moved out of India due to the well being disaster, the 13th version of the world’s greatest T20 league will be performed throughout the three venues of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the UAE from September 19 to November 10.

“I can assure all the fans of the game that they will really enjoy the competition even though there won’t be any crowd or any spectators on the ground,” Laxman stated in a video launched by the franchise.

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“Don’t ever think that the energy or the quality of cricket will come down.”

Instead, the previous India batsman appeared a bit cautious of the character of pitches that will be on provide in the UAE.

“Probably the wickets could also be on the slower aspect however we’ve got to simply wait and see as a result of we may be shocked with the efforts put in by the bottom employees.

“The outfield will be fantastic but the wickets are something that I hope will be well taken care of by the ground staff.”

Indian gamers of the Hyderabad-based franchise landed in town on Sunday.

The Sunrisers, together with the Delhi Capitals, had been the final of the eight IPL groups to attain the UAE.

Laxman stated the administration had made up its thoughts earlier than the 2020 public sale to choose younger Indian batsmen for the middle-order.

This resulted in the inclusion of promising gamers resembling Priyam Garg, Virat Singh and B Sandeep amongst others.

“In the public sale, it was a really intentional effort to have the kids. While they’re children, they’re all essentially the most prolific performers in home cricket.

“When you see the composition of our staff, we had rather a lot of skilled gamers from each abroad and India.

“But when we look at the domestic players, we (were) required to strengthen our batting, especially our middle-order batting. So we went with the performer in the last couple of seasons.”

Ahead of the public sale, the Sunrisers had made modifications to their help employees too, bringing in Trevor Bayliss in place of Tom Moody as the top coach. While Brad Haddin, who has labored with Bayliss earlier than, changed Simon Helmot because the assistant coach.

“Trevor is one of the most successful coaches in world cricket; England won the World Cup for the first time under his coaching,” Laxman stated.

“I have always admired him and all the interactions I have had with him have been excellent – I learnt something with every interaction. He is cool and calm and also has the temperament of handling the best of teams and the best of players.”

“Brad Haddin is a hardcore competitor. He will definitely give 100 per cent or probably more than 100 per cent as the assistant coach.”

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