Brett Lee, the former Australian tearaway fast bowler-turned commentator, has said that the Australian players are ‘super-keen’ on getting back to India and play in the Indian Premier League even if that means quarantining for a 14-day period before and after the tournament.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League was supposed to take place from March 29th but following the proliferation of the global pandemic coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown imposed by the Indian government, the cash-rich league was postponed till April 15th before eventually getting called-off for an indefinite period of time.
“They are super keen”- Brett Lee on Australian players playing in the IPL, if it happens
Reports have been rife that the IPL might take place between September-November window and Brett Lee, during an interaction with Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’ said that he and all the Australian players will be keen to move to India and play in ‘one of the best tournaments in the world’.
“Absolutely, 100 percent. They [Australian players] are super keen. I am super keen to get back to India. Once the safety measures are in place, I think any Australian player would love the opportunity to go and play in the IPL because it’s one of the best tournaments. I loved playing in the IPL, I love commentating in the IPL. If they have to quarantine for 14 days, absolutely, lock it in,” Lee said.
Lee’s comments are a stark contrast from the lines toed by former Australian captains in Allan Border and Ian Chappell, who have expressed their reservations in the Indian Premier League taking precedence over the T20 World Cup.
Recently, there have been reports that the T20 World Cup might get canceled in order to make way for the 13th edition of the cash-rich league.
While Allan Border, who termed the move as a ‘money-grab’, asked the member boards to not allow their players to participate in the IPL, Ian Chappell too had asked Cricket Australia to not allow the centrally contracted players from taking part in the cash-rich league.