Corona was a profitable deal for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to conduct the Indian Premier League (IPL) out of the country. According to Board Treasurer Arun Dhumal, from the 13th season of the league, the board earned around Rs 4,000 crore. At the same time, TV viewership of the tournament also registered a 25% increase compared to IPL 2019.
IPL was held in the UAE without an audience from March 29 in India. But it had to be avoided because of Corona. Following the cancellation of the T20 World Cup, the board decided to hold the 13th season of IPL in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 19 September to 10 November without an audience.
A total of 60 matches were played in the 53-day league. Around 1800 people including players and staff participated in this tournament. About 30,000 corona tests were also conducted to protect against corona.
Quoting the highest viewership of the opening match, English express website Indian Express reported that the board reduced its expenses by about 35% compared to the previous season. Dhumal told that we earned around 4,000 crores by having a tournament between Corona. Our TV viewership grew by around 25%. This time the opening match (Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings) got the record highest viewership. Those who had expressed concern earlier, came later and thanked us for the IPL. Had the IPL not been there, the cricketers would have lost a year.
The whole preparation was done in view of the
corona, keeping in mind the corona, the board had made all the preparations. The board was also ready to receive a Corona positive case during the league. The board had booked 200 rooms separately, so that people could be quarantined in case they were Kovid positive.
Mumbai Indians had won the title
Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians record for the 5th time in the 13th season of IPL. Mumbai defeated Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi Capitals in the final. The winner Mumbai got 20 crores and the runner-up Delhi got 12.5 crores.