AGENCIES, Mumbai: With the current lockdown in place till April 15, and the 13th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) rescheduled to begin on this date, it’s too early to predict whether the season will go as planned or be rescheduled again for a safer date.
Most IPL players including Kolkata Knight Riders team and Pat Cummins, the most expensive player has conceded that the priority now is to minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
“Everyone is still really keen for it (IPL) to go ahead, but the priority is to minimise risk of it spreading,” Cummins was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press.
The costliest foreign player in Indian Premier League, Pat Cummins says everyone, including his team , is still hopeful of the 13th edition of the T20 event to go ahead sometime later.
The Australian, however, The IPL was originally scheduled to start on March 29 in Mumbai but it was postponed to April 15 due to the worsening Covid-19 pandemic which has killed more than 53,000 people worldwide.
“It’s a holding pattern … the last I spoke to them, they were still really confident and hopeful it’ll be on at some stage,” he said.
Australia was forced to cancel its home limited-overs series against New Zealand after just one match and their Test tour to Bangladesh in June also looks uncertain at present.
“This year’s going to look very different to what we’ve seen before … there are so many scenarios. Unless things improve, I can’t really see many tournaments going on anywhere in the world for a little while.”
India is currently under a nation-wide lockdown until April 14, which has cast serious doubts over the future of the cash-rich event’s 13th edition.
The 26-year-old Australian added: “It’s awful seeing things like – Italy and Spain, but now America and the UK in recent days – it’s just crazy how quickly it’s developed. Obviously got a lot of family over in England at the moment and speaking to them regularly,” Cummins said.
“Speaking to a few close mates who play county cricket over there, they’ve gone through the whole pre-season and geared up for the start of their summer. They’re now staring down the barrel of potentially their whole summer of cricket being over … the health risk is a big one, but those guys basically have to put their careers on hold.”
The sporting fraternity has been forced to a standstill as governments all across the globe called for social-distancing.