Indian domestic veteran Jaydev Unadkat has opened up on the various aspects of the Indian Premier League (IPL) taking place this year. The lucrative tournament has been hovering with uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has wrapped the world into its cobwebs. The BCCI postponed the 13th edition twice this year due to the rising cases in India.
But some nations, which have the pandemic under reasonable control, have offered to host the IPL. Sri Lanka and UAE emerged as contenders; however, the disease seemed to have triggered in the latter again. Two days ago, the BCCI locked in September 26th-November 8th as the potential window for the tournament even as the fraternity await a decision on the T20 World Cup, supposed to take place in Australia from October.
As far as Jaydev Unadkat’s opinion goes, he is optimistic about IPL taking place this year and wouldn’t mind if it is staged outside India.
Unadkat further said that if the tournament happens overseas, then it would be one-off and not be repeated in the future. He feels that the only thing the cricketing brains needs to be concerned about is resuming the sport.
“We should not really worry about anything apart from resuming the sport, if IPL takes place outside India this year, it would be an one-off and it would not be repeated in the future, we all need to deal with it, I don’t mind IPL happening outside India, I am really optimistic of IPL taking place this year.” Jaydev Unadkat said as quoted by ANI News.
To be honest, I am just waiting for the sport to start: Jaydev Unadkat
The left-arm seamer went on to claim that as a cricketer, he cannot wait for the sport to restart. The Rajasthan Royals bowler believes that if staging IPL is safe overseas and favourable for the safety of the players, then it should be gone ahead with as people are eager for the sport to get underway.
“To be honest, as a cricketer I am just waiting for the sport to start, the IPL can take place in India or it can take place out of India, in any case safety and health of players should be first priority, I think that if concerned authorities feel that hosting the IPL outside of India will provide more safety it will be more viable, then they should go ahead with it because everyone is waiting for the sport to start in some form.” the 28-year-old Jaydev Unadkat added.