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How Will IPL Betting Change Because of Coronavirus? 0

Posted on April 02, 2020 by Suman Kabeer

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is packed with moments nobody expected, but perhaps never more so than right now. The spread of coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, has led to the suspension of the IPL until April 15, 2020.

In truth, many experts don’t believe the IPL will resume on that date, and that it will be pushed back even farther. Right now, we can’t predict when cricket will be back on our screens – but there are some things we can predict, like great betting opportunities!

Typically, it’s pretty easy to guess who will be the favourite and who will be the underdog in an IPL match. Pitch the Mumbai Indians against the Rajasthan Royals and it’s safe to say we know where the smart money goes.

However, could coronavirus lead to different patterns of betting in the IPL?

For one thing, we need to think about government policies. Different countries are employing radically different approaches to this new threat. Some countries, like Italy, have gone into full lockdown mode, trying to kill coronavirus by keeping people indoors as much as possible. Others are taking a different approach, with the introduction of herd immunity floated as one theory to help beat the virus.

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