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IPL 2020: No clear favourites, says KKR's David Hussey

ANI/Abu Dhabi
Filed on September 6, 2020
David Hussey, chief mentor of KKR, said every squad has talented players.

Chief mentor said it will be difficult for some players to hit the ground running after the long break.

Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) Chief mentor David Hussey on Sunday said there is no clear favourite in this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), stressing that every team in the competition is "really, really talented."

"I do not think there is any clear favourite in IPL. I think every squad is really, really talented, and overseas players are also very talented," Hussey said in a press conference.

"So, no clear favourite and it is going to be very difficult for some of the players to come out of having no cricket for four-five months and hitting the ground running here. We are playing in foreign conditions as well," he added.

KKR will take on Mumbai Indians in their first IPL match of this season on September 23.

Initially, the 13th edition of the IPL was slated to begin on March 29 but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the tournament will take place in the UAE, starting from September 19.

IPL will be played across three venues - Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.

During the tournament, the players will have to follow several protocols laid down by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Also, fans will not be allowed in the stadiums because of a precautionary measure against the virus.

However, Hussey is of the opinion that matches in empty stadiums will not be a problem and players are ready to give their 100 per cent.

"Playing without any fans, they will be watching us play live. It is a privilege to actually play cricket again... If it is in front of no crowd or with crowd, the boys are going to put their 100 per cent foot forward and let us see how it goes. But it is actually a privilege to be able to play cricket at the moment," he said.

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