IPL 2020: Sourav Ganguly blurred the images of Pakistan cricketers in the background in an Instagram post
Sourav Ganguly has completed his mandatory quarantine period after arriving in UAE last week and visited Sharjah Cricket Stadium to take stock of preparations for the IPL 2020
Sourav Ganguly was followed by IPL chairman Brijesh Patel, former IPL chief Rajeev Shukla and COO Hemang Amin they got a first-hand glimpse of arrangements in the lead up to IPL 2020. Ganguly took to social media to share photos from his visit to the venue.
Sourav Ganguly in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is finally having a first-hand look of preparations for the IPL 2020 which is set to kick start from September 19. The former India captain has completed his mandatory quarantine time in the Gulf nation and on Tuesday he shared a picture from iconic Sharjah Cricket Stadium, one of the 3 venues to host the cash-rich league.
In one of the pictures shared by Ganguly, he can be seen standing alongside the officials of BCCI and ECB (Emirates Cricket Board). What can be noticed if we look minutely at the picture is that the image of Pakistan cricketers on a huge hoarding in the background, has been blurred.
BCCI and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) don’t share a good relationship because of the strained political relations between the two countries. India has time and again stated that no bilateral series can be played between the 2 nations until tensions at the border are eased.
PCB officials and former Pakistan cricketers have recently accused the BCCI of fiddling with the T20 World Cup dates to suit their own “agenda” and find a slot to host IPL 2020, which was postponed from its original start date of March 29 due to coronavirus pandemic.
The Pakistan board often says that ICC works under the influence of India. The cricketers from the neighboring nation had also questioned the postponement of the Asia Cup this year.
The Sharjah Cricket Stadium will host 12 matches till the league stage in IPL 2020. Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will meet in the 1st match of the tournament at the historic venue on September 22. It will host an afternoon game on October 4 wherein Mumbai Indians take on Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Ganguly also said the youngsters, gearing up for IPL 2020, are looking forward to playing at Sharjah where the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar have had some memorable outings.
The Sharjah stadium had recently undergone a major refurbishment, including setting up of new canopies, an upgraded royal suite, commentary box, and VIP Hospitality boxes in total compliance with COVID-19 related protocols.