Sunil Gavaskar feels that there are chances of conducting shortened IPL this year but that too in Sri Lanka early in September as Australia might end up hosting the T20 World Cup in October.
Former Indian Cricketer Sunil Gavaskar feels that there are chances of conducting a shortened IPL this year in Sri Lanka from early September as Australia might end up hosting the T20 World Cup in October having successfully reduced the COVID-19 curve. The former Indian Captain feels that once the Australia Government has announced that 25% crowd can turn up for the sporting events a T20 World Cup in October looks more prominent than the IPL.
“After the announcement by the Australian government, there seems to be a possibility of conducting a World T20 in October. Maybe the teams will have to reach three weeks earlier, have seven days of practice games and also 14-day quarantine,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak.
“If ICC believes that the World Cup T20 can happen then having IPL looks difficult because it could only be held if World Cup T20 is postponed but after the announcement by Australia’s PM, it seems like the IPL in October looks difficult”, Gavaskar said.
However, conducting a shortened IPL in September may be in Sri Lanka or UAE is a more practical solution, Gavaskar said. “September you can’t have IPL in India due to monsoon. But maybe in Sri Lanka from early September with teams playing each other once instead of a doubleheader. Maybe you can think of that,” Gavaskar said.
He believes that playing cricket in a post-COVID-19 world will be a different experience especially if spectators are not allowed in the stadium. “Fans lift your game. The atmosphere is very different when they are present. Obviously, players will lose out on that. Also, they will be wary of a team huddle, also may be a fist bump after a good shot,” Sunil Gavaskar added.