The 2012 T20 – Image source: Flickr
You can always bet on the T20 World Cup to cast a long shadow. Teams view the contest with a certain hunger. Selectors do too. So, whilst the IPL has found a window in the busy schedule this autumn, it still faces some issues. Overseas players with national side obligations are unlikely to play in the UAE. Naturally, the organizers are talking down the issue this creates for some teams, but it’ll certainly shift the IPL odds on offer at online betting sites in the UK like Bet365.
Everyone understands the IPL has to finish. Just a shame it’s not very convenient. The international cricket schedule really didn’t have any room. Around the world, cricketing authorities have faced the domino effect of this move. However, you could always bet on the T20 World Cup preparations to trump a rescheduled IPL. England in particular won’t release players it needs for clashing white ball tours. So, that’ll hamper some sides, and it’s not the only issue.
The new dates all but require the CPL to change its own schedule. This might not seem significant but without it West Indian players couldn’t participate. They may tout the UAE as a safe haven for sport, but it still has some rules on entry. Cricket authorities must bubble juggle to keep players eligible to compete. It’s tricky. And the CPL may just not acquiesce a la England. Anyone in the UK gambling laws of overseas travel won’t apply to players is just plain crazy.
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Obviously, the BCCI see this as no problem. The IPL can survive without overseas players for a season, can’t it? Well possibly. The odds on the 2021 IPL suggest so, but I’d bet on the T20 World Cup preparations affecting Indian players too. Fatigue will start to become an issue, which might lengthen the T20 World Cup odds India get at online sportsbook sites in the UK like Bet365. Although that said, they’d need to slide an awfully long way not to be bookies’ favorite.
“We have to manage our schedule now, so we get our guys arriving in the best shape possible for the T20 World Cup.”
- Ashley Giles – England’s Managing Director
Fatigue of the playing surfaces is also something the BCCI seem quite willing to ignore. You can pretty much bet on the T20 World Cup having to change venues due to the ongoing situation. Where will it move to? Well the United Arab Emirates, obviously. The same United Arab Emirates that the IPL will use just ahead of the tournament. Just how slow the surfaces will play after so much cricket in such a short space of time is a concern. T20 cricket likes fast fields.
Bet On The T20 World Cup Going Ahead In The UAE
Of course, India will bet on the T20 World Cup moving to the UAE benefitting their chances. Their players will already be in place. Already acclimatized. Used to the pitches. India thus have an odd advantage they probably don’t need. Do remember, they get odds on the T20 World Cup of just 9/4. That’s well ahead of their nearest rival, England, on 4/1. Indeed some might say India were the last team that needed the help. But that fatigue may well blunt this small edge they have.
Bet On The T20 World Cup
- Nambia – 1500/1
- Oman – 1000/1
- Papua New Guinea – 1000/1
- Netherlands – 1000/1
- Scotland – 1000/1
- Ireland – 500/1
- Bangladesh – 50/1
- Afghanistan – 33/1
- Sri Lanka – 20/1
- South Africa – 12/1
- Pakistan – 8/1
- West Indies – 8/1
- New Zealand – 8/1
- Australia – 5/1
- England – 4/1
- India – 9/4
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One thing is for sure, whilst a bet on the 2021 IPL is still up in the air, a bet on the T20 World Cup isn’t. India moving the IPL has forced national sides to unveil their intentions early. England are, for instance, going all out to win the World Cup, perhaps even to the detriment of the Ashes. They simply can’t hide that now after the fuss they’ve made about keeping players on tour. So those that like to bet on sports in the UK at Bet365, take heed, those 4/1 odds are probably a nice punt this time around.
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