Former India cricketer Kirti Azad is not fond of the IPL. In 2012, he made an outrageous comment and asked the IPL to be banned. Years have passed since that but the outspoken Azad has still not changed his views about the lucrative tournament. The next edition of the IPL is set to get underway from September.
Due to the pandemic situation it will be played in UAE and quite a few team have already left for the destination. Kirti Azad believes that IPL has turned out to be a great entertainment for fans all across the globe who like to see sixes and fours being hit but it lacks quality cricket. He also added that the lucrative tournament is not a good stepping stone for cricketers.
“IPL is a great entertainment but that’s not quality cricket. It is sumptuous but its not qualify. I mean you get to see fours and sixes and everybody is just doing that, the bowlers are being massacred completely with lovely batting track
“So, I feel that its a good entertainment but it is not a good stepping stone for cricket,” Kirti Azad told CricketAddictor in an exclusive interview.
As far as the upcoming IPL is concerned, after VIVO pulled out as the sponsors, Dream 11 bagged the deal for Rs.220 crore for four months.
IPL will get underway from September 19 with the final being played on November 10. However, the final fixture for the lucrative tournament is still to be announced, with Mumbai Indians set to put their title on defense.
It is likely that Mumbai Indians will play the IPL 2020 opener against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).