Analyzing the diversity of foreign players in IPL 2020 squads

Analyzing the diversity of foreign players in IPL 2020 squads

Till date, players from 14 different nations including Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have landed IPL contracts in at least one season.

Chennai Super Kings. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The preparations for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League are finally underway. The 13th edition of the cash-rich league is set to light the stage on fire from September 19, 2020. However, because of various restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic and other logistical issues, the current edition of the tourney will be held in the middle-eastern country of the United Arab Emirates.

Throughout the 12 years of the league since its inception in the year 2008, players from countries throughout the world have sought participation in the tournament. Though most of the players who have made an appearance on the grand stage are from full ICC member-nations like Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies, etc.

Many players from associate nations like Netherlands, UAE and Nepal have also managed to be counted amongst the fortunate few to have represented an IPL franchise. Till date, players from 14 different nations including Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have landed IPL contracts in at least one season.

In this article, we will discuss the diversity of foreign players in each IPL squad for this year’s edition:

1. Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore. (Photo: IANS)

Once home to the likes of players like Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Jacques Kallis, and Mitchell Starc, the Bangalore based team has revamped their squad for the latest edition of the IPL, especially the foreign players. Once dependent upon the hard-hitting prowess of a Caribbean player to win matches, they don’t have any player from the West Indies this time around.

In their current squad, the Royal Challengers have a representation of players from 4 countries. Out of the 8 overseas players in their squad, 3 players are from Australia, 3 from South Africa and a single player each from England and Sri Lanka. Interestingly, RCB is one of the few teams to field an uncapped overseas player in their squad this year.