The IPL 2020 which is all set to be played in the UAE from September 19 might have opened up an unprecedented opportunity for young Indian bowlers. As per the reports, at least 50 promising young bowlers might travel with IPL franchises as “net bowlers”.
Normally, for the IPLs players were bowled by the local bowlers. However, this year the pandemic had changed the entire scenario and due to the bio-security protocols agreed upon, the authorities will demand the IPL franchisees to take the young prodigies with them as part of the bio-bubble.
For now, three IPL teams have confirmed that they are preparing a list of the bowlers from the first-class cricket to age-group players. These franchisees are Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals.
According to Chennai Super Kings CEO, Kashi Vishwanathan, “If all goes well, we are planning to take around 10 bowlers exclusively to UAE for the practice sessions. They will be accompanying the team and will remain until the tournament starts.”
In another statement, Kolkata Knight Riders also confirmed that they are preparing a rooster of 10 bowlers
The Kolkata Knight Riders also confirmed that they are preparing a roster of 10 net bowlers, who are most probably set into the tune by the former Mumbai captain and academy coach Abhishek Nayar.
Delhi Capitals has also included around 6 net-bowlers in their bio-bubble while Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals are the next who are on the verge of choosing the bowlers for their players to practice with.
While the IPL squad size is limited to 24 by the BCCI, there is no such restriction laid down on the contingent volume, that obviously can vary from one IPL franchisee to another.
This can be an excellent opportunity for young guns, who will get to bowl to the likes of MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Andre Russell for a close of 30 days.
A talent scout stated it is an important opportunity for spinners. He said, “On slow Dubai tracks, it will be important that teams stack up their line-up with more spinners especially for humid conditions. You will see a lot of left-arm spinners and wrist spinners who have played a decent level cricket being included apart from the pacers.”