The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will commence on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and continue till November 8.
Easternlink’s Pratyusha Mukherjee spoke to top cricket official Joydeep Mukherjee to figure out what happens now.
Joydeep Mukherjee is a former Bengal all rounder who took up various coaching roles and doubled up as a television commentator.
Mukherjee became the cricket manager of the Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008 and remains with the franchise as a coaching staff as of 2015. Joydeep Mukherjee is currently the Directot of Cricket at The Cricket Association of Bengal( CAB) .
Q. IPL is going to be held in UAE..what’s your reaction about that?
A. I am very glad the IPL is happening. It is tough times and BCCI has done an amazing job to be able to put this in place. Sport is a great way to show your fightback and we have been deprived of Live sport. Everyone benefits from IPL happening, cricket & our cricketers will be back in our lives. What could be better.
UAE is a great venue because the timings are great, they have 3 international standard grounds and it’s a great part of the world to be in.
Q.If IPL 2020 would have been cancelled,then what would have been the financial loss of its franchise ?
A.Huge. i don’t know the exact figures but it was a substantial amount for sure.
Q.In case a closed door match is held, wherefrom the revenue would come ?
A.I suppose from tv rights and sponsorships. Gate money is only one way of generating revenues.
Q.As an ex- Indian all- rounder, do you feel that the cricketer- selection for the IPL is done properly?
A.Nothing is full proof in sport. It is in real time and there are no retakes. So there is no guarantee who will succeed and who will not. I have some unbelievably good young players not make it and some decent players make themselves world beaters. So with selection some come off some don’t but all the franchises do a lot of proper scouting and mock auctions to be able to pick the players they want. All teams have data analysts and strategy analysts who put a lot of permutations and combinations in front of the owners and coaching staff.
Q.Don’t you think that the young and promising cricketers are detracted by the extra-vaganza and glamour of the IPL ?
A.I don’t think so. Ultimately it is your cricket that will get you there and more importantly help you stay there. Everything else that comes with the razzmatazz will only last if you have the game to survive. Today’s boys have a better maturity level and understand that quickly. There might a couple who fall by the wayside but that’s only a very insignificant number. Also one very important thing to remember is that every cricketer doing well in the IPL are also doing very well for their state so they are players who are vying to play any of the 3 versions for India.
Q.Many of the cricket lovers feel that the IPL is a type of gambling. What do you think about that ?
A.I don’t think so at all.
Q.Earlier u were the Cricket Manager of Kolkata Knight Riders , what do u want to tell about ur team?
A.KKR is a very good team. The competition between teams is fierce, so it’s very commendable to have won the tournament twice. But there will be some good years and some not so good years. What is important is for the fans to be supporting the team without which every team is incomplete.
KKR have made some wholesome changes this year. Some of the support staff who were with KKR for years are not there anymore. There is a new head coach in Brendon McCallum who is a fantastic guy. KKR has picked up some real good players in the auction. But the real test, as we all know, is when the tournament gets on.
Q.Can u imagine the IPL without fans?
A .’Fans are such an important factor in the success of the IPL that having sat in the dug out with 75,000 fans screaming, I cannot imagine an IPL without the fans.
Pratyusha Mukherjee, a sports Journalist working for BBC and other media outlets,is a regular contributor to Easternlink.