| Kolkata |
Published: January 29, 2020 9:15:46 am
The IPL has taken inspiration from the NBA and launched its personal All-Star game, to be performed tentatively on March 25 as a curtain-raiser for this 12 months’s T20 match. According to an IPL official, the match, which may very well be an annual fixture a la NBA, might be performed between ‘North-East and South-West’. The IPL correct commences on March 29.
Simply put, stars from Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals will kind the North-East crew, to play in opposition to South-West comprising prime gamers from Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians.
“Yes, we are doing it the NBA style, like they have East versus West (Eastern Conference versus Western Conference), and we intend to make it an annual fixture,” the IPL official advised The Indian Express. “The venue for the match hasn’t been decided yet. Also, it’s premature to comment on who will lead the respective teams.”
The NBA All-Star game, performed each February, options 24 of the league’s star gamers. The NBA All-Star weekend is a three-day occasion, from Friday to Sunday. In truth, the IPL has had a reference to the NBA since its inception in 2008. Lalit Modi regarded as much as former NBA commissioner David Stern and took his designation to name himself the IPL commissioner. During his go to to India in 2013, Stern, who handed away earlier this month, was impressed with the success of the franchise-based cricket league.
Meanwhile, the IPL official knowledgeable that no dialogue has taken place on the subject of incorporating extra groups from 2021 onwards. “We have to see if players are available. We will think about it after the (2021) auction.”