Washington Sundar expects pitches to help spinners in the UAE

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) spinner Washington Sundar believes the UAE fields will provide a lot of help to spinners in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Sundar also said all training wickets were on the slower side, so spinners can have a field day expect when the tournament starts. The IPL 2020 is scheduled for September 19 – November 10 at three locations (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah) in the UAE.

“I think things are going really well and we have got fields where we can get some help for spinners. We can expect this in the games when the tournament starts. With the amount of heat that has been here over the past few years. we certainly see enough assistance for the spinners in the middle of the tournament, “Sundar said in a video that was posted on the official Twitter handle of RCB.

“I think it comes to getting good rhythm and hit the right areas. The aim is to get things right before the game starts, the last few sessions were very good,” he added.

RCB spinners Shahbaz Ahmed and Yuzvendra Chahal talked about the importance of communication with the skipper. The duo said Virat Kohli is always there to provide clarity on what line and length to bowl on any given wicket.

“The wickets are slow here, the ball doesn’t hit the bat, I discussed this with Virat Bhai about what line and length I can bowl on these wickets.

“When I go to Virat Bhai, he says that I always have my best bowling balls, Virat Bhai told me what was bowling faster because the wickets are very slow,” said Chahal.

RCB has three times to get to know the final of the tournament, but the coveted trophy eludes them still.

On Saturday confirmed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that 13 staff members, including two players tested positive for COVID-19. However, the board did not specify which team has how many confirmed cases. The identities of the players and staff were also not disclosed.

“13 staff members have tested positive, including 2 players. All affected staff and their close contacts are asymptomatic and isolated from other team members. They are monitored by the IPL Medical Team,” the BCCI said in an official release.

All players and team personnel must undergo a six-day quarantine period after landing in the UAE, and everyone must be tested for COVID-19 three times.

Once they all test negative for COVID-19, the players can start training in the UAE with their teammates.

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The last match of the 2020 edition is scheduled for the first time in the history of the T20 tournament on a weekday, i.e. Tuesday.

This time, both the afternoon and evening games will be played half an hour earlier than normal.

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