It is disorienting being a sports fan. Right now, the French Open tennis and NBA Finals are happening – two grand spectacles normally circled on June’s calendar. The reshuffled schedule, of course, is due to the Covid-19 pandemic and cricket has also been greatly impacted.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) – the sport’s most lucrative and highest profile tournament – is belatedly being held, six months after it was postponed due to the onset of the pandemic.
Such the financial heft of the IPL coupled with the flex of India’s mighty governing body, the T20 World Cup in Australia – the showpiece international event of the year that was supposed to start next month – was shunted to provide the necessary space in this year’s abbreviated cricket calendar.
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