Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia has said that it would not be possible to see IPL 2020 taking place without foreign players. No doubt Indian Premier League is India’ t20 league but overseas stars are the key for tournament and teams to get shape.
In an interview published on PTI, he said that there were too many things for BCCI and IPL governing council to look at before planing anything about dates and tournament.
“IPL is an international tournament made by Indians. It is the premier cricketing event in the world, therefore it needs an international platform and international stars. But it remains to be seen which of the foreign players are allowed to travel at that time (considering the restrictions). I feel there are too many variables for the BCCI at the moment to even have a calculated guess on when it might happen,” Ness Wadia told PTI.
Coronavirus postponed Vivo IPL-13 edition originally scheduled to kick off on 29th March. Still it is in indefinite suspended mode and BCCI hasn’t called off his year’s season. The hope is if T20 World Cup 2020 gets cancelled then BCCI can used October-November window to organize the Indian Premier League. It will also depends on the situation in the country.
COVID-19 has spread a lot and it will not be easy to comment anything about dates of tournament now and for at least next 8 to 10 weeks.
“What if tomorrow the cases keep rising, what happens then? It would be unwise to think of anything other than COVID-19 for the moment. The most important thing for all of us is to deal with the current situation. It could last another month or two, may be more. Once the virus diminishes, then we can have more clarity on when the IPL can be held and where it can be held,” he added.
However football league around the world have started and remaining would be kicking off in meantime. It would be great for fans if Indian Premier League also starts as it’s one of biggest cricket events of calendar and people enjoy it a lot.
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“I am surely the Indian audience will happy to see the IPL after what we have been through. Football in Germany has already started and EPL is starting soon but they have already peaked while we have not. I see the possibility of IPL happening but it is all about combating the virus for the next two months at least.”
ICC is expected to take decision of T20 world cup’s fate on 10 June meeting.