The current head coach of Zimbabwe cricket team, Lalchand Rajput has stated that IPL 2020 can definitely take place behind closed doors. Citing Bundesliga’s example, Lalchand Rajput said that if the German football league can come back after the pandemic, the IPL can also replicate the same.
IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29, but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI postponed it until April 15. As the nationwide lockdown extended in India, BCCI suspended IPL 2020 Indefinitely. Now, with the situation worsening, it seems a huge possibility that IPL stands nothing but cancelled this year.
However, Lalchand Rajput is of the opinion that alike Bundesliga, IPL 2020 can also take place behind closed doors.
Lalchand Rajput Opens Up On IPL 2020 Future
In an exclusive chat with CricketAddictor.com, Rajput said, “Lives are very important, let’s be very honest. But IPL is also a very important aspect for the cricketers because if you look at some of the cricketers, they are living on IPL only. There will be a huge loss even for the board and state associations and the development of cricket will stop due to lack of funds. The players who are getting money and salaries will also be cut down, it will have a lot of repercussions.”
“The Bundesliga has also resumed action in Germany so if they can do, why not we? I think it is a good gesture and the IPL can be played, the only thing is the time as to when it will take place so that people can watch it on TV. There will be social distancing, there will be no crowd, the players get motivation from the crowd, but they have to live with it and if Bundesliga can take place behind closed doors, why can’t the IPL?” Rajput stated.
Bundesliga Became The First European Football League To Resume Proceedings
Global footballing action had gone into a standstill after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Bundesliga became the ice-breaker as it resumed its campaign from Saturday. Although the fans weren’t behind their teams as the campaign resumed, the players ensured that they were all set and ready for the task they had been waiting for days.
Empty stadiums, distant celebrations, masked substitutes, and the sound of the ball piercing the net, that’s how European football marked its return when Bundesliga continued their campaign after a break of almost two months because of the coronavirus outbreak globally.