The upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) looks to be under the threat of getting cancelled because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. The disease has affected more than 920,000 people worldwide, while more than 47,000 people have been killed so far.
While India is currently under a 21-day lockdown to combat the disease, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are likely to have a hard time hosting the cash-rich league in the current scheme of things. IPL 2020 was already postponed to April 15 from March 29, but it’s fate hangs in the balance as of yet.
With the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held later this year in Australia, the IPL could have been a platform for various out-of-favour players to find a place in the Indian squad.
This would have further helped the selectors choose an-in form group of players who could have made an instant impact at the T20 World Cup. Having said that, former Indian opener Aakash Chopra recently named a list of five players who will suffer if IPL 2020 stands cancelled.
Aakash Chopra lists five players who will suffer the most if IPL 2020 gets cancelled:
At number one Chopra put Suresh Raina, because he hasn’t been playing any form of international cricket, and therefore if the IPL gets cancelled that it will hamper any remaining chances of finding a place in the Indian team.
Next up the 42-year-old named Krunal Pandya, who has failed to grab a place in India’s squad due to the presence of Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav respectively. While Krunal would have been hoping to prove his worth at the IPL, now that the tournament is under the cosh, his path to the national team looks to be fading.
Chopra gave the third spot to Sanju Samson in his list because the wicketkeeper-batsman was unable to utilize the opportunities given to him versus New Zealand. IPL will be crucial for Samson to cement his place in the playing XI.
Rishabh Pant and Shivam Dube make up the top five of Aakash Chopra’s list
At number four the former right-handed batsman opined for Shivam Dube, who failed to impress in the absence of Hardik Pandya, and now that the latter will be gunning to get back in the team, Dube is the most likely person to suffer from it.
Having a good season in IPL 2020 under his belt surely would have helped the 26-year-old’s case for the T20 World Cup but in the current scheme of things, the Mumbai born all-rounder seems to have missed out on a big opportunity.
Last but not least, the player-turned-commentator named Rishabh Pant at number five on his list, as the 22-year-old has been in and out of the team lately. IPL is his favourite breeding ground, but if the tournament stands cancelled that Pant will most likely have to make do with a place on the bench.