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Broadcasters 'Expecting highest TV ratings' for IPL 2020, says Sourav Ganguly

Bullish about the IPL’s success as a TV-only event, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Monday said he expects the T20 extravaganza to shatter viewership records this year.

Shivani Arora

Shivani AroraBy Shivani Arora

Published on 1 Sep 2020 6:43 AM GMT

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Bullish about the IPL’s success as a TV-only event, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Monday said he expects the T20 extravaganza to shatter viewership records this year.

The IPL begins on September 19 and will be played across three cities in the UAE.

The tournament’s build-up hit a rough patch when 13 members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent, including two players, tested positive for the dreaded virus last week.

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Sourav Ganguly:

“Crowds will watch it on television…they (the broadcasters) are actually expecting the highest rating of IPL this season because they believe if (people) don’t turn up in the ground, they will be actually watching on their television sets,” Ganguly said while delivering an online lecture as part of the ‘Symbiosis Golden Jubilee Lecture Series’.

“There is a positive in everything,” he added.

Ganguly also said holding the IPL was important to ensure a sense of normalcy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, which has caused disruption in every aspect of daily life.

IPL in COVID Times:

Asked how cricketers would feel about playing in front of empty stands, Ganguly said, “…because of the COVID and infection, you don’t want people to be too close to each other, but very soon you will see there will be 30 per cent people in the ground with social distancing.

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“They are properly tested and allowed to enter the ground. But I think that is going to happen over a period of time,” he added referring to the possibility of IPL’s later matches being opened for fans depending on the COVID-19 situation.

“…it is actually an effort to bring life back to normal. This will go on for another five-six months till the vaccine comes. And I am sure everything then will be back to normal,” he asserted.

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