Spinners may have a “major role” to play in the Indian Premier League with the first leg of tournament staged in the UAE expected to have “typical sub-continent” wickets, according to cricketer-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar.
“Spinners may have a major role to play. It will be a typical sub-continent wicket. I was there in the under-19 World Cup and saw that the pitch had bit of a bounce. So one has to wait and see how the surfaces turn out. As Sharjah might be different from Dubai and Abu Dhabi will have a different pitch,” said Sanjay.
The cash-rich league did travel to South Africa in 2009 and now UAE will host the matches between April 16 and 30 due general elections in India, but the tournament has survived it all.
Manjrekar also believes that IPL will always be high on the popularity chart.
“IPL is a product that is quite unique. It is a tournament that has witnessed all challenges. When it went to South Africa, it was a big hit. And UAE is closer to home, so I don’t see this as a major issue. The viewers will certainly embrace IPL as they have always done against all odds,” said the cricket expert.
The teams this time have left nothing to chance. If KKR have roped in renowned adventurer and explorer Mike Horn then Rajasthan Royals have mental condition expert Paddy Upton as their head coach. However, according to Manjrekar cricket is a captain’s sport and the support staff is only there to help.
“Coaches and support staff do play a role in T20 cricket but only marginally. Because there is a lot of discussion in T20 cricket, inputs come from the outside. But cricket is a sport where captains call the shots and the support staff have a limited influence,” said Manjrekar.