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VVS Laxman, SunRisers Hyderabad's batting coach, said on Monday

VVS Laxman, SunRisers Hyderabad's batting coach, said on Monday (August 24) that vacant stands during the forthcoming INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE (IPL) will not impact established cricket benchmarks.

IPL Highlights:

The IPL 2020 will commence in the UAE on September 19 and the final will take place on November 10. It is to be observed that initial cash-rich CRICKET MATCHES would be held behind closed doors.

"I can promise to all the CRICKET fans that they will still love the match even if there will be no audience or spectators on the field. Don't ever imagine that the enthusiasm or standard of CRICKET would fall," Laxman said in a video posted by SunRisers Hyderabad on their official Twitter page.

Laxman also said the pitches in the UAE might be on the relatively slow end. "Probably the WICKETS will be on the slower side, but we will have to wait and see as we might only be shocked by the efforts made by the ground crew.

In the meantime, all eight IPL teams have entered the UAE and, as per the Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs), players would have to endure a compulsory seven-day QUARANTINE period after landing in the UAE.

Earlier Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) Secretary-General Mubashir Usmani told ANI that, as organizers of the IPL 2020, the ECB would coordinate with the authorities to seek the permission of the protocols to be enforced. "We desire our Asian migrants, as well as the other foreigner and Emirati sports-loving fans (in the UAE) to be able to witness the CRICKET MATCH from the stands," he said.

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