Royal Challengers Bangalore can be the team to benefit from the Indian Premier League’s move to the UAE, says Aakash Chopra.
The former India batsman believes the bigger grounds and a lack of home advantage for their opponents could have a part to play.
Speaking on his official YouTube channel, he said: “RCB does not have a strong bowling attack, in the last season they just won three matches at their home ground, they have a limited bowling attack but it can come good in the UAE as there are big grounds.
“So I really think RCB can be one of the big beneficiaries with the IPL taking place abroad. Yuzvendra Chahal and Pawan Negi will have a big role to play in the UAE.
“Whatever has happened in the past 12 years, you need to forget it, as this year if the IPL happens in the UAE then there is no distinctive advantage for any team. If you play matches at neutral venues, then there is no home support and no familiarity with the pitches. Every team will be starting at par with each other.”
Spin attack will be key
Chopra also picked out the spin attacks of Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals. He thinks both teams could also do well in different surroundings.
He added: “Kings XI Punjab would also benefit. Glenn Maxwell has a good record in the UAE, their spin department is quite good, they are very nicely placed, I think you need to be worried about Kings XI Punjab this season.
“Delhi Capitals would also benefit as they have good spin attack comprising of Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, and Axar Patel. They tick all the boxes and they would not be complaining,” he added.
IPL to start on September 19 after UAE move
The 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) returns on September 19 following the decision to move it to the UAE due to the coronavirus. The final will be held on either November 8 or 10 but needs to be confirmed.
It was initially thought the tournament would start on September 26 but it will start sooner to give India time to prepare for their tour of Australia at the end of the year.