Here is the IPL Points Table 2020.
A Must Read Recap of Indian Premier League in 2020
The Indian Premier League also popularly known as IPL is a professional 20-20 cricket league in India. The league is played every year during March or April and May by eight teams representing eight teams of different cities in India. With eight teams, every team plays with each other twice in a home-and-away round-robin format during the entire league.
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The league was founded in 2008 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The IPL tournament has an exclusive window in ICC Future Tours Programme. From 2008, there have been twelve seasons and the 13th edition will be played in 2020. The current IPL title holders are the players of Mumbai Indians by winning the IPL 12th season.
Among all the cricket events, the IPL is the most-attended cricket league in the entire world. In 2014, this cricket tournament ranked sixth with an average attendance among all sports leagues.
You will be stunned to know that the IPL was the first sporting event in the world that broadcasted live on YouTube in 2010. In 2019, IPL’s brand value was counted 475 billion (US$6.7 billion), according to Duff & Phelps. In 2015, IPL season contributed 11.5 billion (US$160 million) to the GDP of the Indian economy, confirmed by BCCI.
Foundation of the League
In 2007, the Indian Cricket League (ICL) was founded, with the help of Zee Entertainment Enterprises and their funds. However, the ICL was not acknowledged by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or the International Cricket Council (ICC). BCCI wasn’t either happy with its committee members participating in the ICL executive board. To prevent important players to join ICL, the board increased the prize money within their own domestic tournaments while imposing lifetime bans on those players who want to join the ICL.
Player acquisition and Squad Composition
Any team can gain players through any of these three ways: the annual player auction, trading players within the teams during the trading windows, and signing replacements for unattainable players. The player’s contract is of one year with the respective franchise while having the freedom to extend their stay for over two years.
Important Team Composition Rules (as of 2020 season)
- The strength of the squad must be between 18 and 25 players, including a maximum of 8 foreign players.
- The entire salary cap of the squad should not exceed 850 million (US$12 million).
- The team can’t pick under-19 players unless they have earlier played first-class or List A cricket.
- A team cannot play more than 4 overseas players in their playing eleven.
In a survey of Sporting Intelligence and ESPN The Magazine conducted in the 2015 survey, the average IPL salary when pro-rated of a player is US$4.33 million per year making it the second-highest among all global sports leagues.
IPL 2020 in Today’s Scenario
Earlier, the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League was scheduled from March 29 to April 15. However, with India being encountered with 126 coronavirus cases and 3 deaths, the league has been postponed for now. Initially, Maharashtra Health Minister requested BCCI to postpone the league due to coronavirus pandemic but was rejected by the President Saurav Ganguly. However, later BCCI kneeled down when Sports Ministry and central government along with state governments strictly announced no gatherings till March 31st.
Now, the league is likely to happen on the 5 potential dates April 15, April 21, April 25, May 1 and May 5 as decided by BCCI.