IPL 2020: Fan clubs plan to ‘virtually’ support teams

Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to start from September 19 in UAE, but this year the stadiums would be empty. There will be no fans to cheer their favourite team in the stadium. And all thanks goes to COVID-19 pandemic.

Considering the increasing cases in the country its unlikely that fans will be a part of the direct action. The Emirates Cricket Board said that they would like to host fans in stadiums in UAE only if government and BCCI approves.

All the fans are doing their bit to support their favourite team from watching the matches ‘together’ in Zoom calls to planning tributes to COVID warriors.Let’s look at what’s in store of the franchises.

CSK’s Whistle Podu Army

CSK  fans have taken up many intiative to cheer their team from home and fans have planned to enjoy with families this year. This year instead of stadiums their house will be painted yellow. The fact that IPL is happening is a happiness for people in these tough times.

“As a fan club, we have a couple of initiatives. Normally we have a lot of meet-ups, but we might not be able to do that this time. Maybe in a smaller group we could. We’d be taking our initiatives online and making a lot of buzz. We’ll have a Zoom call while watching CSK matches.”

The Orange Army Ready to Ride on David Warner

The fan’s Sunrisers’ are always underrated in the IPL. But ‘Orange Army’ is equally loyal with their team.

Recently, David Warner has gain a separate fan base after his Tik Tok videos went viral. Though he is one of the best ever player in IPL.

 

The fans have been missing connecting with friends because of this pandemic but IPL has given a chance to reconnect them. The Fan club has decided to do various activities like  organising quiz competitions, puzzles contests, predictions and polls that will keep followers engaged.

New Decade, New RCB

Though RCB haven’t won the trophy yet but their fans have remained loyal through the years.

“Some people support teams because they have won trophies. For us, it’s all about the team we love and not just the results.”

Namma Team RCB too will have special plans during the IPL, which include thanking the COVID-19 warriors.

This year fans are planning to have digital campaigns and would be having podcasts and stuff on social media. They are planning to thanks the COVID warriors. They will give tribute by putting up posters and videos.

“This is not the RCB we have seen in the past year, it’s a completely new structure. It’s a New Decade, New RCB.”