Australia Players Keen To Play IPL If T20 World Cup Gets Postponed: David Warner
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Australia Players Keen To Play IPL If T20 World Cup Gets Postponed: David Warner

David Warner SRH
David Warner SRH. (Photo: Twitter)

Australian players are positive about their participation IPL 2020 if the T20 World Cup gets postponed to next year, believes SunRisers Hyderabad captain David Warner. The chances of hosting the T20 World Cup in 2020 looks slim as the world is still grappling against the deadly novel coronavirus pandemic, Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings said.

Though the postponement of T20 World Cup is still not officially confirmed, the speculations draws a major hope for IPL 2020 to be hosted this year. A final call on the T20 World Cup might be taken in July with the global governing council deferring its decision on the marquee event for the second-time straight.

David Warner
David Warner. Credit: IPL

In Australia, the government has relaxed its regulations on sporting events, which will allow at least 25 per cent of spectators in the stadium depending on its total holding capacity.

Positive that we will be able to come and play in the IPL: David Warner

If the T20 World Cup gets postponed it will open doors for IPL 2020 to commence in the October window. Australian opener David Warner has said that his countrymen would be keen to play the IPL if the marquee tournament gets called off. He, however, said that the decision will be based on if they get clearance from Cricket Australia.

“Look, there has been a lot of talk about the T20 World Cup being postponed, the challenges around getting every single nation that participates in the World Cup into Australia, given the fact that we have the quarantine for 14 days. Nevertheless, making sure we are restricting the chances of a Covid-19 outbreak back into Australia. Those restrictions are in place with the Australian government at the moment. We have to obviously abide by those rules and obviously we await the decision from the ICC,” David Warner said on an episode of India Today’s Inspiration.

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“And if it is unlikely if the World Cup can’t go ahead, then I am very sure and positive that we will be able to come and play in the IPL if that replaces the World Cup schedule. If that permits us from Cricket Australia giving the go-ahead to go over there, I am sure we will put our hands up and come and play cricket which at the end of the day is what we love.

Meanwhile, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri had said that the tournament can be held after monsoon while tournament chairman Brijesh Patel is optimistic about hosting it this year.