Anshuman Gaekwad, the former Indian cricketer, has opined that the Indian Premier League (IPL) can only take place in case if the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 gets postponed.
He thinks that the cash-rich league can happen in a window of October-November, only if the opined case is applied.
Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, a surplus amount of negativity has been spread across the globe. All the cricketing schedules have either been postponed or called off. The global health pandemic has halted all the major sports activities. IPL is one of the cricketing leagues that got delayed until further notice amidst the lockdown.
IPL was all set to be kicked off by 29th March. It moved ahead by the pressure created by the lockdown in India which was later extended as well. The cash-rich league first moved to the latest window of April-May later with an extension in the lockdown by Modi’s government, the league was called off indefinitely till any further notice by the officials. Cancelation is to cost negatively to franchises as well as the Board of Control of Cricket India (BCCI).
Anshuman Gaekwad: IPL can only happen if the World Cup gets canceled
“If the World Cup gets canceled or postponed, then only IPL can happen but then also it depends on what the conditions are in India,” he stated.
“I have my doubts that T20 WC will be held this year. About IPL, we cannot think of just now. It will depend on Indian conditions and the window is only during this T20 WC which is October-November,” Gaekwad was quoted as saying in The Times of India (TOI).
Bombay born Anshuman Gaekwad believes that cricket will resume in the next three-four months and it will be a new experience for the players to play behind closed doors in case if the situation drags cricket to the empty stadiums.
“Cricket is not going to be the same, the approach would be different. There will be no crowd in the stadiums. Cricketers are not used to playing in empty stadiums. It will be one very difficult aspect of playing a new type of cricket,” he added.
“It may take another two months or four months or more to resume cricket,” Gaekwad added.