After months of speculations about the commencement of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, now, United Arab Emirates will host the Indian Premier League (IPL) between September and November - a window which is now open due to the postponement of T20 World Cup.
Well, this year's IPL is slated to be the most-watched IPL in history. But, is it really advisable to hold the IPL at all?
The coronavirus still poses a threat to the world and with no cure for the virus, should UAE - a country where coronavirus is a minor threat compared to India - host the IPL?
But, some may still argue in the favour of hosting the IPL, as European countries have resumed football albeit behind closed doors.
However, the Free Press Journal has decided to hold a full-fledged debate on the same motion. The first debate is scheduled for Friday, July 31 at 5 pm. It will be a virtual debate which is the new 'common' in times of coronavirus.
Event: The Free Press Journal Debate
Motion: Should the IPL be held at all?
Time: 5:30 PM IST, July 31, 2020
Moderator: Roshan Abbas
Participants of The Bombay Debate:
1. Dr. Jitendra Awhad
Dr. Jitendra Awhad is a politician and state Minister for Housing in Government of Maharashtra and is the former guardian minister of Solapur district. Awhad is also a member of the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra and represents the Mumbra-Kalwa constituency of Thane as a Nationalist Congress Party member. Awhad has previously been the Cabinet Minister of Medical Education and Horticulture in the Government of Maharashtra.
2. Dr. Shashank Joshi
Dr Shashank R. Joshi is an Indian endocrinologist, diabetologist, and medical researcher and also a member of the COVID-19 task force, Government of Maharashtra. He is the Dean at Indian College of Physicians and Chair, IDF Southeast Asia. He was conferred with Padma Shri in 2014 for his services in the field of medicine.
3. Jatin Paranjpe
Jatin Paranjpe is a former Indian cricketer. A left-handed batsman and a slow left-arm orthodox bowler, he played his first International ODI in Gwalior against Kenya in 1998. Paranjpe was a middle-order batsman who played on the international stage in 1998 until an inopportune injury. He is the son of former Bombay player Vasu Paranjpe and made his Ranji debut in the 1991-92 season. He played his last ODI against Pakistan at Toronto on Sep 16, 1998.
4. Lalchant Rajput
Lalchand Rajput is a former Indian cricketer and is the head coach of the Zimbabwe national team. During his career, Rajput played two Tests and four ODIs from 1985 to 1987. He also served as the manager of the Indian national team for a brief period. He also went on to coach the Afghanistan Cricket Team from 2016 to 2017. Apart from his playing and coaching career, Rajput has also held administrative positions at the Mumbai Cricket Association. Rajput was the coach of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in the 2008 edition.
5. Adv. Ashish Shelar
Advocate Ashish Shelar is a politician belonging to Bhartiya Janata Party and has served as the president of the Mumbai unit of BJP. He was the Minister of School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare of Maharashtra. Shelar is an MLA representing the Vandre West. Shelar was elected as Vice President of the Mumbai Cricket Association, Mumbai.
6. Neeraj Kumar
Neeraj Kumar is the former Commissioner of Delhi Police. During his distinguished career spanning nearly four decades, Kumar served the police force in Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, and Goa. He also served the CBI till 2002 and dealt with a wide variety of cases including terrorism, organized crime, economic offenses, and corruption. He is the author of the book 'Dial D for Don' published by Penguin Random House in 2015. He narrates in the book the stories of 11 operations conducted by him during his stint in the CBI. He has also been the Chief Advisor to BCCI's Anti Corruption and Security Unit.