Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman say ‘there’s still a possibility’ that IPL is happening this year
The talk of the Indian Premier League taking place this year has dominated the headlines for the past few months. There is speculation that IPL 13 could take place around October or November depending on the status of the T20 World Cup in Australia. A meeting is scheduled on Thursday to chalk out a structure for cricket’s return after the Covid-19 lockdown. Several current and former players are hopeful that the IPL could take place in 2020.
Former India captain and Kings XI Punjab head coach Anil Kumble is also hopeful of IPL happening this year. Kumble maintained that the IPL could take place without spectators due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
It is not official yet but there is speculation that the BCCI wants to hold the IPL in the October window after the tournament was postponed indefinitely earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Yes we are hopeful and optimistic that there is still a possibility (to hold IPL this year) if we can cram in the schedule,” Kumble was quoted as saying by Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.
“If we are going to have a stadium without spectators, then probably have 3 or 4 venues; there’s still a possibility, we are all optimistic,” said the former spinner, who is also the chairman of ICC’s Cricket Committee.
Former India batsman VVS Laxman said the stakeholders can stage the league in cities which have multiple stadia to reduce travelling by players.
“Absolutely (there is chance to hold IPL this year), and also make sure that all the stakeholders have a say,” he said.”...you should identify one venue, which probably has 3 or 4 grounds; if at all you find that kind of a venue because travel is again going to be quite challenging,” said the former stylish batsman.”You don’t know who’s going to be where at the airports, so that I’m sure the franchises and the BCCI will be looking into.”
(with PTI inputs)