IPL 2020 Should Be Played Before T20 World Cup: Wasim Jaffer

IPL 2020 Should Be Played Before T20 World Cup: Wasim Jaffer

MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma with the IPL trophy (Credits: Twitter)

The fate of IPL 2020 relies on many different principles due to the novel coronavirus pandemic situation. Its parent board had adapted the ‘wait and watch’ policy which saw the IPL 2020 being postponed indefinitely after being deferred from its original date. The cricket board CEO Raul Johri had said that the lucrative tournament can take place after monsoon with international stars.

Speculations about the 2020 T20 World Cup being postponed to next year is rife, which only further opens up doors for the IPL 2020 to take up the October slot to host the tournament. But the cricket board treasurer Arun Dhumal had hinted that they are in no mood to influence the governing council to postpone the marquee tournament for their own benefit.

IPL was initially slated to start from March 29 (Photo- Twitter)

IPL 2020 should be logically played before T20 World Cup: Wasim Jaffer

Domestic legend Wasim Jaffer believes it will be more logical to host 2020 IPL before the T20 World Cup as the players will get accustomed to the conditions after a brief halt. Cricket season is set to resume with the West Indies tour of England with many other series to follow before the October window. But Wasim Jaffer believes playing a marquee tournament straightaway will only add pressure after the break.

“Playing the IPL first will be more logical than the World T20. IPL will also get the players to accustom to conditions and get their game back. On the other hand, playing a marquee tournament straightaway will only add to the pressure after the break,” Wasim Jaffer told Times Now.

Wasim Jaffer. Credits: Twitter

“(In IPL) The crowds won’t be there as well even though the pandemic might have neared its conclusion. So authorities will have to work on ways to maintain the buzz and make it more realistic. Maybe a sound-system can be in place as there will be no one in stands,” he added.

The global governing council will decide the fate of the T20 World Cup in a meeting on June 10.