Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling coach Muttiah Muralitharan feels the biggest challenge for the players will be to motivate themselves in different playing conditions in the United Arab Emirates, when the IPL gets underway on September 19.

“They (players) have been used to playing in front of huge crowds and such strong sides at home. But, here you will have to play in front of empty stands because of the pandemic,” 48-year-old Murali said during an online media interaction from Dubai on Tuesday.

“Yes, the biggest task for us is to motivate them and how to adapt to the conditions. It can be easy also as they have nothing else other than to focus on cricket, unlike if they were playing the IPL where you have so many other things to attend to,” the spin legend said.

“The pitches are bound to be different in all three venues this time around – some flat, some slow and some quick….

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